I didn't feel unwelcome at all when I joined at 15, looking for advice on whether or not the restaurant field was something I wanted. Now I'm 18, not burning nearly as much food as before, second in command at a restaurant, and looking forward to Culinary School in September. Looking back I realize that it is this forum that helped me through any doubts I had, and the people here that helped me along that have made me a success already in the restaurant business. Cheers to all of you amazing people, professionals and at home cooks alike.
BTW that meal for bf's parents. Same bf still? ;)