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Chaud Devant has a unique history. It all began in 1993 when Bianca van der Lee was working at a restaurant in Amsterdam and the chef tore his pants. She picked them up and wondered whether there weren't more attractive models available in the market. This gave her the idea to develop contemporary, stylish and professional chefswear. The name of the company originates from a common exclamation in French kitchens: 'Chaud devant', which means 'Watch out, hot plates coming through!'.

Twenty years later, Chaud Devant has grown to be a leading trendy label for today's chefs, kitchen brigades and service staff. Our designs are developed here in Amsterdam and then deliberately produced in Europe. They are then sold to dealers and wholesalers in more than 20 countries worldwide, including the Seychelles! Thanks to the efforts of our enthusiastic team, Chaud Devant has set the standard for the look of food service establishments in Amsterdam and far beyond. You see our chefswear in the café on the corner, as well as on TV shows and at Michelin-starred restaurants!

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Made in Europe

The Chaud Devant production process is closely monitored. Sustainable production methods are preferred and we have deliberately chosen to have all production take place close to home. That is why all products bear the 'Made in Europe' label.

Industrial cleaning

Chaud Devant products are made of strong, high-quality materials and are comfortable to wear, but above all reliable workwear. Nearly the entire Chaud Devant collection can be industrially cleaned as a result.

Amfori BSCI

Chaud Devant works with European studios that are members of the amfori BSCI. Amfori BSCI is a well-known quality label that stands for good, safe working conditions and decent wages. We also visit all studios personally on a regular basis.

Available from stock

No one wants to wait long for their order to arrive. That is why all of our products are available directly from stock. You receive your order within 1 to 5 business days.

Designed in Amsterdam

Chaud Devant has its roots in Amsterdam. We started in the Pijp district and, nowadays, our designs are developed at the Amstel Business Park. Consequently, Chaud Devant is always inextricably linked with the Dutch capital.