Restaurateur

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Restaurateur
Occupation
Occupation type
Business
Activity sectors
Restaurants, business, culinary arts
Description
Fields of
employment
Restaurants
Related jobs
Businessperson, chef

A restaurateur (/ˌrɛstərəˈtɜːr/ REST-ər-ə-TUR; French: [ʁɛstɔʁatœʁ]) is a person who opens and runs restaurants professionally. Although over time the term has come to describe any person who owns a restaurant, traditionally it refers to a highly skilled professional who is proficient in all aspects of the restaurant business.

Etymology[edit]

The French word restaurateur comes from the Late Latin term restaurator ("restorer") and from the Latin term restaurare.[1][2][3] The word restaurateur is simply French for a person who owns or runs a restaurant.[4] The feminine form of the French noun is restauratrice.[5]

A less common variant spelling restauranteur is formed from the "more familiar" term restaurant[6] with the French suffix -eur borrowed from restaurateur. It is considered a misspelling by some.[4][6] The Oxford English Dictionary gives examples of this variant (described as "originally American") going back to 1837.[7] H. L. Mencken said that in using this form he was using an American, not a French, word.[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Definition of RESTAURATEUR". Merriam-Webster.
  2. ^ "Restaurateur Shares the Secret of His Success".
  3. ^ Muhlke, Christine. "The Insider - Sang Yoon". T. New York Times Company.
  4. ^ a b "Restaurateur vs. restauranteur". grammarist.com. Retrieved August 18, 2019.
  5. ^ "restaurateur". Dictionnaire de l’Académie française. Retrieved February 19, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "the definition of restaurateur". Dictionary.com.
  7. ^ "restauranteur". Oxford English Dictionary (Online ed.). Oxford University Press. (Subscription or participating institution membership required.)
  8. ^ H. L, Menken (1989) [1941]. "A Genial Restauranteur". Newspaper Days. New York: Dorset. p. 215. OCLC 1029047323. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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