A Bawarchi means a cook in Hindi. It is synonymous to a Waz in Kashmiri, a Maharaj in Hindi and a Khansama in Urdu. A bawarchi is equitable to the kitchen rank of Commis in the English culinary terms today.
The Bawarchi was a junior or a newbie amongst the cooks who used to cook in the kitchens of yesteryears. The term was often also used for cooks who used to cook at homes.
So in effect, a Bawarchi is a person whose occupation is to prepare food for the table; one who dresses or cooks meat or vegetables for eating. It is a term used for cooks who specialise in North Indian & Mughlai cuisine.
Bawarchi (Hindi : बावर्ची) (translation: The Cook) is a 1972 Indian musical comedy-drama film directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee starring Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Bhaduri with Asrani, A.K. Hangal.
Bawarchi is the BRF (Bharat Rakshak Forums) nickname for Apple Inc.’s CEO, Tim Cook. The reason for this nickname is because the word Bawarchi is a Hindi word that means “cook” or “chef” and is a pun on his last name.