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Is it Proper Etiquette to Call a Chef "Chef"?

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Many of us enjoy the fruits of a chef's labor, but when it comes to telling him/her so, we can get tongue-tied on the name part.

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Is it proper etiquette to call a chef "chef"? What about in and out of the kitchen? I asked a few chefs in the Valley for their thoughts and this is what they had to say.