italian chef kiss emoji

Photo via Jen Lewis/Apple

Finally, an emoji app for the *Italian chef kiss* reaction

The app is available in the App Store for $1.


Phillip Tracy

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 16, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 8:24 pm CDT

The image of an Italian chef bringing his thumb and forefinger together and kissing them is the perfect internet reaction, capable of expressing both admiration and sarcastic discontent. Sadly, there hasn’t been a good way to present the iconic reaction in text message or emoji form—until now.

BuzzFeed writer and illustrator Jen Lewis, who helped Kim Kardashian design kimojis, released a set of 48 *Italian chef kiss* emoji on the App Store, and it’s pretty perfetto. The collection features four variations of the classic *kisses fingers like a chef* image and a salty spinoff *disses fingers like a chef*.

Here’s how they all look:

italian chef kisses emoji
Jen Lewis/Apple

To use the emoji, download the app from the Apple App Store on your iPhone or iPad (it’ll cost you $1). Once installed, open your Messages app and click the “A” icon. From there, you should be able to insert your new emoji into any message.

Before, people were forced to type out the reaction, typically surrounding it with asterisks.

Or they used a clever dual-emoji workaround.

Now iPhone users can use the legendary reaction straight from Messenger to express their admiration and disapproval.

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*First Published: Aug 16, 2017, 11:05 am CDT