Definition of chief cook and bottle-washer in English:

chief cook and bottle-washer

phrase

informal
  • A person who performs a variety of important but routine tasks.

    • ‘In addition, every article thus far has banged on about the so-called great folk music revival, of which he, as chief cook and bottle-washer of the Fence Collective, is a key player.’
    • ‘An old woman in a small Ontario town looks back on her life as chief cook and bottle-washer for a well heeled Anglo family.’
    • ‘He is the chief cook and bottle-washer for Avalon Audio Services in Phoenix, and is currently pondering the idea of techno remixes of West Texas Swing music.’