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 .

Escoffier definition

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

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." [2] In Tropic Thunder , the character Kirk Lazarus claims to have been a saucier in San Antonio "before the war broke out." [3]