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Originally, the Toque was then heavily starched and folded with 101 pleats. In the culinary history of the Toque, 101 pleats, is a culinary badge that the chef knows 101 different ways to cook an egg. Also, the classical French "Brigade de Cuisine", the taller the Toque the higher ranked you were in the kitchen.

Also, a Toque was for a commis (apprentice) to the chef. The chef's apprentice wore a floppy Toque (hat), which symbolized a lower postion in the kitchen.

Culinary Uses

A Toque is the familiar, large, white chef's hat that absorbs sweat and prevents it from falling into food.