I like this statement a lot. Im 23, never went to culinary school. You can (like Any other trade) learn what you really want/need to know just as well if not better in the work place. The down side.. There are some jobs and chef positions that I would never be able to even get a chance at because i dont have that piece of paper saying I attended culinary school. It wouldnt be a bad Idea to go check out a local restaurant and work a couple saturdays just to test the waters.