Broad Term(s):


One whose occupation is the preparation of food for the table:

(a) The domestic officer charged with the preparation of food for a great household, monastery, college, ship, etc.

(b) A tradesman who prepares and sells cooked food, the keeper of an eating-house or restaurant.



Jacob Jonus (Jonas) served as GW's cook for about 18 months while GW was serving as colonel of the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian War (see Ledger A, 42).

Richard Burnet Walker, whose tenure at Mount Vernon began in 1783, was a “House keeper,” or steward. When hired to work at Mount Vernon in 1783, he went by the name of Richard Burnet. While it is ... Read More

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