I agree with meat pie. I went to culinary school and I'm still paying for it with minimum reward. I'm a woman and it was hard for me to get my foot in the door in kitchens where I'm from. After I put culinary school on my application people started taking me serious. If I could've gotten a job without school I would have. But I didn't know what I was doing.   If you want to cook then just cook. Start at the bottom and work your way up.