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Foodpump - True.  The career path and legal requirements are different for a chef and a carpenter.  The comparison is that a skilled carpenter develops a deep knowledge of his craft from experience working in the field, as is also true for a chef.   The fact you mention that these requirements are not necessary in the culinary profession should also be a factor in one's decision to pay for a culinary education.
Whose money?   I made the decision on a career in food and worked my way from a new cook with no experience and no connections to working at a top (really) NYC restaurant (full time line cook for over one year).  In between I have seen quite a few kitchens and have come across many financially successful restaurant people.  Chefs, owners, sous chefs, teachers, bakers, caterers, entertainers, etc.   Some went to culinary school, some didn't.  I didn't.  Some never...
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