I am new here, although I've used the site before, this is my first posting. Right now I am a Junior college student majoring in Business. I want to finish school first since I have a full scholarship. However, I now know I want to work in food. I've loved cooking since I was 8, and I find myself reading, browsing, buying, cooking related products more and more. Its something I enjoy and can see myself doing. But my problem is that I am not sure how to get started in the industry (my goal is to work for some good cooks and make my bones. At some point i would like to open my own restaurant, but i realize that will take many years to get to that point).
I have researched the possibility of going to cooking school. I find this an attractive option, but I also think I should experience a kitchen first. Additionally, I would like to make sure 100% that kitchen life is the life for me (if not, maybe i will try other facets of the food industry).
My question is... how does one find a job as a commis or prep cook? I have only looked online but most of the jobs i see are all for professional cooks. I want to work at a decent restaurant; I don't see this as being snobby, i just don't see how working at Applebee's or making sandwiches is going to give me any "real" experience. I am not against starting as a dishwasher, but I also don't want to waste too much time doing that. I am from the east bay, about 45 min- 1 hour from San Francisco, so there are some good restaurants. Do I just walk into a place and ask if they need a prep cook? Does this question make sense?