Chef Works is a third-generation family-owned and operated global leader in the design, development, and distribution of premium culinary and hospitality apparel. Founded in the 1960s when Joseph Gross first launched his workwear and manufacturing business in South Africa. Since then, Chef Works has become the dominant market leader in the U.S., with an increasingly strong position abroad, servicing six continents and over 65 countries. The brand is trusted by the largest business services, uniform and foodservice providers, global Fortune 500 companies, restaurant and hospitality chains, online and brick-and-mortar retailers, and international distributors.
The company’s success has resulted in a transformation of the industry, helping turn historically commoditized products into premium, branded items highly sought after by both chefs and other industry participants, particularly at a time when chefs have begun forging their own identities, serving as the focal point of culinary experiences.
Chef Works engaged The Sage Group to explore opportunities in the marketplace. In October 2020, the company completed a management buy-in, with financing provided by the Kirsh Group of Companies.