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- Pertaining to, similar to, or about chefs or cooks.
- 1997 August 1, Jonathan Gold, “The Food that is Los Angeles”, in Los Angeles Magazine, volume 42, number 8, page 87:
- The best urban-rustic chefs, including Chez Panisse's Alice Waters, Zuni Cafe's Judy Rodgers and Campanile's Mark Peel, reinterpret the cuisine by using really good ingredients, putting them together with chefly skill and maintaining the spirit of each dish.
- 2007 August 7, Nancy Fairbanks, Bon Bon Voyage, page 54:
- He roared, and a female souschef dashed over to scoop up the hat and pins and return him to his previous chefly glory.
- 2010 December 20, Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential, page 163:
- I was the newest executive chef in Toscorp, Pino's umbrella company, looking as chefly as possible in my brand-new Bragard jacket with my name stitched in appropriate Tuscan blue, standing in the front cocktail area of Pino's newest: Coco Pazzo Teatro on the ground floor of the swank and stylish Paramount Hotel on West 46th Street.
- Chiefly, above all, particularly.
- Almost always, often, usually; most of the time.
- With great haste or speed; in a quick or expedited manner.
- (rare) Directly under one's superiors.
- English: chiefly