English Lesson: Food Vocabulary

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My cousin is a chef in an Italian restaurant. He cooks some pretty amazing dishes. At his restaurant, there are many interesting items on the menu. Having a meal there is a great experience. Food is an essential part of life, and I think eating is one of the great pleasures in life. My mom is a good cook too. Her famous dish is lasagna. Do you like Italian food?

Today we are going to look at the vocabulary of food. Sometimes these words can be confusing. Have a look at the paragraph above once more, and then check today’s lesson.

A chef is a person who prepares dishes in a restaurant. A cook is also a person who prepares dishes in a restaurant. We generally use the word chef to mean a professional in a fancy restaurant, and the word cook to mean a professional in a less fancy restaurant or at home. My mom is a good cook, for example. Cook is also a verb which means prepare food. Food is the material used to make dishes. They sell food in a grocery store.  A chef cooks dishes, and several dishes together are a meal. A menu is a list of the dishes that a restaurant offers. You can also ask the person who cooks in your house, “What’s on the menu tonight?”  Here are some other sentences you can use to remember how to use these words:

  • Francis is a chef in a French restaurant.
  • Tommy is a cook in the school cafeteria.
  • I like to cook sometimes.
  • We go food shopping on Saturdays.
  • My mom prepared a nice dish of spaghetti and meatballs
  • There are many pasta dishes on the menu at Monte’s
  • We had a nice meal at home tonight.

I don’t know about you, but studying makes me hungry. What is your favorite food?



Comments 2

  1. Hello.
    You write “the word cook to mean a professional in a less fancy restaurant”. In this case,dose “a less fancy restaurant” mean “a inexpensive eating place” or “a family restaurant” or “a tavern” or “a bistro”?
    We call “a family restaurant” that is franchise in Japan. Is “a family restaurant” correct English?

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