I just joined and I am looking forward to this site. I'm not the best at computers, but I'm going to try my best. I am 40 years old, and I am thinking about getting a job as a cook/chef. Can anyone give me some advice? I've never been to culinary school, but I believe I have what it takes to make it. I've been cooking since I was about 4, with my mom. I really enjoy cooking different ethnic foods. My favorite is Indian, French, and Italian. What's it like to work as chef? I know it gets hot in the kitchen, it's fast paced, not the best of pay, but I think I would enjoy it. Thanks.
Welcome to Cheftalk.
If you want to find out about life as a trainee chef, then have a look at the Culinary Students' forum on here, where you will get lots of advice from chefs and from those who are in the midst of training for their future culinary careers.
Feel free to join in on any thread you find of interest on the site, or start your own in the relevant forum. The professional fora are read-only for those not presently employed in any of the culiinary trades. The wikis, blogs, reviews, articles and photography on the site will also give you a lot of information regarding aspects of the jobs required by those wishing to take up a new career in the food sphere.