cuocere to bake or cook Cuoco, m, cook, pl cuochi. Remember gare and care in conjugation of "are" verbs? I think some scenario. Cuoca , f, cook pl =cuoche. Also, cucinare, to cook from which cucina, kitchen. Would love to find an Italian language book that ties verbs to nouns ,etc. Explains word associations.
Lo (pl. gli ) masculine nouns begin with "s + consonant" or "z" iL (pl. i ) masculine nouns begin with other consonant L' (pl. gli) masculine nouns begin with vowel La (pl. Le ) feminine nouns begin with any consonant L' (pl. Le ) feminine nouns begin with a vowel
in this case, il cuoco => i cuochi