I am 30 years old and have achieved a good measure of professional and financial success as an attorney. On the other hand, the emotional satisfaction that accompanies my job is non-existant. I'm extraordinarily passionate about food and for some time, I've been considering changing professions to become a chef.
I used to help run a friend's restaurant, so I'm somewhat aware of what I'd be getting myself into in terms of the enormous pay cut, the hours worked, etc. I could live with those consequences, but what I'm concerned about is whether I'm realistically too old to start over and have any measure of sucess. I know that I will start at the bottom of the ladder, but I'd also like to feel that there is a realistic opportunity for me to achieve a degree of sucess in the kitchen that I've achieved in the courtroom. Sure, I'll probably never make what I'd make as an attorney, etc., but I'd someday like to work in a high-end kitchen as a chef.
I suspect that going to one of the "top" cooking schools like the CIA would help jump-start me along the way in terms of employment opportunities, but I'm wondering what else you all think I should consider, etc. One can never really start cooking too young, but realistically speaking, is there a point where you would advise people that they are starting too late?