French word of the day: Cuistot

French word of the day: Cuistot
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If you are a food lover, or if you know someone who is, this French expression may come in handy.

Why do I need to know cuistot?

Because it will expand your culinary vocabulary, which in France is pretty important.

What does it mean?

Cuistot is French slang for cuisinier – 'chef' or 'cook'.

It's a bit colloquial, but very common way to describe “a person whose profession is to cook,” according to French online dictionary l'Internaute.


The last t is silent, so you pronounce it 'quisto'. There's a female version, cuistote (pronounced 'quistot'), but it's not widely used. 

Cuistot is often found in names of restaurants, like Cuistot Grill, Le Cuistot, Petit Cuistot etc.


Cuistot is derived from cuisinier, and according to the French online slang dictionary Langue Francaise, it originated in the military back in the late 1800s.

Use it like this

C'est un cuistot exceptionnel, capable de transformer des restes en un plat délicieux. – An exceptional cook, capable of turning leftovers into a delicious meal.

Je dirais que les cuistots français sont parmiles meilleurs du monde. – I'd say French chefs are among the best in the world.

Elle adore faire le cuistot quand on a des invités, elle fait des plats incroyables. Mais pendant la semaine on mange des trucs congelés, quoi. – She loves playing the chef when we have guests, she makes amazing dishes. But during the week we eat frozen things, you know.

C'est moi le cuisto aujourd'hui ! Sors de là. – I'm the cook today! Get out of here.


Chef – chef

Cuisinier – cook 

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