Glossary (talk like a chef): "Ménagère"


Housewife. The term, unfortunately condescending and rather pejorative, used by chefs to refer to someone who cooks at home and is therefore not a professional chef.

In France, a "Ménagère" it's also a nice set of spoons, forks and knifes presented in a pretty box. A classical wedding gift usually.

Example: "To cook like a housewife."

Meaning: This is not a compliment in a professonal chef's kitchen, and that's sad...
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