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A saucier (French pronunciation: [sosje]) or sauté chef is a position in the classical brigade style kitchen. It can be translated into English as sauce cook. In addition to preparing sauces, the saucier prepares stews, hot hors d'œuvres, and sautés food to order. Although it is often considered the highest position of the station cooks, the saucier is typically still secondary to the chef and sous-chef.
Sauciers in popular culture
Frederic Forrest's character Jay 'Chef' Hicks in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now remarks to protagonist Capt. Benjamin Willard, who is from New Orleans, that he was "raised to be a saucier." In Tropic Thunder, the character Kirk Lazarus is playing in the movie within the movie claims to have been a saucier in San Antonio "before the war broke out."