No, absolutely not. A traditional kiritsuke (with a hollow back and single beveled) will not, in any way, be a replacement for a chef's knife.
A double beveled, kiritsuke SHAPED gyuto could be a replacement:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/kohdki24.html
However, they will usually have a very flat profile.
A gyuto is a Japanese version of a chef's knife. A gyuto typically has a flatter profile like a French chef's knife.....they vary quite a bit though.
Here's a link to the 240m gyuto's on CKTG site:http://www.chefknivestogo.com/gyutos240mm.html