Soigne (pronounced “SWAN-YAY”) means “elegant” in French. It’s used by Chef’s to boast an exceptionally sexy presentation of a dish. But, the next time something gorgeous hits your table, please do not try to impress your server with this term. It is one thing for Chef Grant Achatz to tout his own soigne creation, but it is somewhat douche-y territory for a foodie to make the proclamation. Yet, nothing is stopping you from using the term to describe your own eye-popping soigne dish. Earn it and use it!