it really doesn't matter if you've studied as an apprentice or not, if your not fast enough or don't know your craft then you will only be a k hand, i'd suggest doing your first year whilst working part time as a kitchen hand for around 6 months. that way you learn your way around a kitchen in an environment thats not so stressful, after a while you'll learn how to deal with and and manage your tasks better. Things like not letting the chef run out of pans, plates or...