AskDefine | Define saucier

Dictionary Definition

saucy adj
1 characterized by a lightly pert and exuberant quality; "a certain irreverent gaiety and ease of manner" [syn: impertinent, irreverent, pert]
2 improperly forward or bold; "don't be fresh with me"; "impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup"; "an impudent boy given to insulting strangers" [syn: fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, smart, sassy] [also: sauciest, saucier]saucier See saucy

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Etymology 1


  • (RP): /ˈsɔːsɪə/, /"sO:sI@/
  • (US): säʹsēər, /ˈsɑsiɚ/, /"sAsi@`/


  1. comparative of saucy

Etymology 2



  • (RP): /sosje/, /sosje/ (French pronunciation)
  • (US):


  1. In a large professional kitchen, a cook responsible for preparing sauces and for sauteing foods on demand.

Extensive Definition

For the type of pitcher in which sauce is served, see sauce boat.
A Saucier [sosˈje] is a position in the classical brigade style kitchen, which is still used in large commercial kitchens such as some restaurants. It can be translated into English as sauce chef. This position prepares sauces, stews and hot hors d'œuvres and sautés food to order. Although it is the highest position of the station cooks, the saucier is still considered subordinate to the chef and the sous-chef.

Escoffier definition

In Georges Auguste Escoffier's system of the classic kitchen brigade, outlined in his book Le Guide Culinaire, a saucier is "responsible for all sautéed items and most sauces."

Name of pan

A saucier also refers to the type of dish that sauces are made in. A saucier (also called a chef's pan) is characterized by sloping sides. The sides allow easy whisking as well as pooling of liquids which help to mimic smaller pan sizes.

In popular culture

"Chef," Frederic Forrest's character in the film Apocalypse Now, explains at one point that he was trained as a saucier, and was even slated to study at "the Escoffier school" in Paris before being drafted into the Navy--hence his nickname.
In the Futurama episode 30% Iron Chef, Bender, after winning the "Iron Cook" competition, declined the title and instead gave himself the lesser title of "Zinc Saucier", which comes with double prize money.
saucier in German: Saucier
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