To all professional pastry chefs, basically, is it worth it? I really want to be a pastry chef but the salary worries me a lot. Is it worth it to you to work long shifts every day, on holidays, for low pay because you are passionate about it? Or would it be smarter for me to keep my baking as a hobby and go for a different career, like a nurse?
I'm very passionate about the pastry arts, and I have been all my life. I create my own recipes, have worked with all kinds of italian and french pastries, cake decorating etc. I'm only 15 but I do have to start thinking about college and careers. I dream of being a pastry chef, but my family and friends tell me that i'm going to regret it and it would be smarter to get a job as a nurse or teacher and keep this passion as a hobby. Help??
*I know this is the forum for professional pastry chefs only. I thought I might get better answers here because I'm asking for opinions from pastry chefs, and if they regret it or are happy they chose this path. if it has to be changed toa different section, thats fine too though :)