Chef Clipart: 8 Best Websites to Choose From
While the main crux of any recipe, foodie article or blog is of course the food itself, we mustn’t forget the origin of the creation – the Chef.
Clipart and any others images we choose to add to our work speak with a universal language that no amount of words can translate – in short, it is through the pictures we choose that we tell the whole world what our article or piece is about.
Adding a picture of a cookie is all very well, but that doesn’t tell someone on the other side of the world whether what you have written is a cookie review, a marketing blog, or a recipe.
This particular blog looks specifically at chef clipart, and where to find it – ideal for use on recipes of all sorts, to tell the world that what you’re sharing with them is a recipe; to be replicated, trialed, and enjoyed by all.
The great thing about Clipartix is not only its incredibly user friendly layout and design, but its focus on images rather than words and search phrases. A simple search for ‘Chef’ pulled up 49 different results, ranging from the expected rotund male chef with a moustache, through to a female chef, a pair of chef’s, a series of cartoon chef’s and a good range of hand drawn illustrations as well (there’s even a Mickey Mouse chef to appeal to children!)
Download from the site is super easy, providing the dimensions and file size as well as information on how many people have viewed the image and how many others have downloaded it. For those with lots of time to asses the best image for them, you can compare and contrast the most popular images with those which are more unique, and it is worth noting that the bottom of the image page has a selection of related images – which may introduce you to one or two you missed previously.
Clipart Me combines free images with ones you have to pay for – but on a site with such a polished finish this is to be expected. Using the simple search bar which encourages you to select a keyword relating to your search, this site only provides vector images – as opposed to photos or illustrations – though many of them are so detailed that you wouldn’t even notice the design limitation. Next to the search bar there is a basic tool to search for either free or premium vector images; a great addition which means there’s no chance of getting lost and setting your heart on a costly image.
In terms of the free results for the basic ‘Chef’ search, we received 57 results – all of a high quality and all with very different styles and finishes. One of the nice things about Clipart Me is that once you click through to the image, there is a description of it that helps you determine exactly what the picture shows, from the most basic of design outlines through to a detailed scenic description. We were particularly impressed by those images which leave room for your own recipes and menus to be edited right into the image – perfect for eateries and restaurants in particular.
Renowned for its wide selection of free clipart vector images and illustrations, Pixabay is one of our go-to hubs for imagery thanks to the streamlined design of the website and the broad range of artistic styles captured in the search results. Though there is some crossover in search results, a search for ‘Chef’ within the victor graphics brought up 110 results, while in illustrations we saw an amazing 237 free results – all easily downloadable. It is worth noting with Pixabay that, when you click through to the image page, there is information about any attribution required and publication regulations. In many cases you are free to use the image as you like and without attribution, though some ask for recognition.
In terms of the quality of results, Pixabay doesn’t disappoint, with everything from young infant chef’s right through to the most traditional looking Italian – and everything in between. All the images are created in high resolution files and every image links back to its original designer (so if you like their style, you can check out their other work as well!)
This one is pretty exclusive to the foodie and chef market, but nonetheless provides a good selection of clipart images for use online on your own blogs and publications. A search for Chef provides a range of clipart results broken down by style – from Asian chef to Chef Headshots, Chef’s cutting vegetables, and a Chef carrying ice cream. The results are fairly niche and the range is quite limited in terms of the image itself, but the clipart style is varied and if you’re open to the kind of Chef you are looking for then this is a great site to use.
To download and use the images, right clicking on the image provides a code to embed into your own website – otherwise you can screenshot the image for personal use in your files (a very old school method but still effective!)
Another popular site for free clipart, Vecteezy is renowned for its wide selection of free images in all different style; and a search for ‘Chef’ is no different. As well as offering up a total of 22,116 free results, the search term also provides countless suggestions for narrowing down the search (Chef’s Hat, Female Chef, Chef Knife, etc).
The results themselves range from simple chef outlines to detailed hand drawn illustrations, full backgrounds and scenes with multiple chef’s, meaning that no matter what style of picture you are looking for you can probably find it here.
The usability of Vecteezy is simple to navigate and use, and while the images are free it is worth noting that most downloads require attribution to the site if you choose to use them. That said, there are no other regulations other than ensuring the image is linked back to Vecteezy – which seems like a fair trade for such a wide selection of high quality results.
Classroom Clipart is another site with a limited range of clipart options available – however, luckily for us, ‘Chef’ is a search that the site is more than happy to help us with. The great thing about this site is that while more complex download options require membership – for example transparent backgrounds, large formats and other shapes – free download is available for all users, and is super simple to do using either the download button or right clicking and simply saving the image.
In terms of the search results themselves, the selection is thorough though tends to favour fairly flat cartoon images with vibrant colours and basic designs. That said, there is an equal split of traditional and more modern looking Chef’s, covering both genders and a range of ages.
Another site with a super simple homepage layout and search navigation, a quick search for ‘Chef’ on Clipart Library presents 50 different images; from more intricate designs through to the most basic black and white outline drawings. Despite its basic layout, the site produces some high quality images – though it is worth noting that none of the images can be used for commercial use; rather they can only be used personally.
Every image that you click through to view is easily downloadable and provides any information you might need about the image size and resolution. The image sits above other suggestions from iStock photo – a paid site which provides very high quality designs for a fee, so just be wary when using Clipart Library that you may be drawn towards clickable ads.
Another site with a fondness for cartoon style images, Clipart Panda hosts a good selection of results for a basic ‘Chef’ search, although it is worth noting that some of the results are actually watermarked which implies they belong to other websites or owners. Despite this, there is a decent selection of images which are completely free and downloadable in a high resolution quality, mainly revolving around the most traditional interpretation of a classic Italian Chef.
One of the strange things about this is the way it combines actual results with potential results relating to other words – for example our search for ‘Chef’ also provides a large number of ‘Chief’ pictures – picking up on a potential typo and linking it to our search. With this, the 111 results for ‘Chef’ are actually whittled down to about 80 relevant ones.
The beauty of clipart is that details can often become more subjective with the cartoon or illustrated quality of the image. When using images of people, it can be easy to lose yourself in hitting the right tone – from gender to age to race – and any kind of photography can immediately isolate or favour one stereotype over another.
Clipart, on the other hand, provides more of a removed viewpoint and allows you to “cartoonise” your character – focussing more on the content than the human details.
Make sure to check out our top picks for the following clipart categories: