Two routes you can take.....enroll in a culinary school, or take the route I took, and work your way up from the bottom. You won't become a chef overnight. I've been cooking for over 13 years now, and I'm no where near where I want to be. But when I look back on what I knew 13 years ago and what I know now, I've learned a ton. With all of the young talent out there we see on reality cooking shows, I must admit, some learn faster than others. How did they learn so fast? I've worked under some chefs who are "teachers", and some that use the sink-or-swim method. A desire to learn goes a long way in how fast you climb the ladder of success, IMO.......I spent half my career cooking at a less than stellar establishment before I realized that cooking, real cooking, was what I wanted to do as a career.
What am I trying to say? Work hard, devote yourself, NEVER call out sick. Dependability goes a long way, believe me. Use the internet to learn. There is Soooooo much to be found on the net. When I'm not in the kitchen cooking, I'm at home researching recipes, plating techniques, etc.....Also, at this point in your young career, LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS! At the expense of being a pain in your chef's arse, insist on learning your knife skills, safe food-handling, basic, BASIC cooking techniques, and once you've mastered those, then begin building from there..........You can't fake your way into sucess behind the line. Those that try don't make it......
Best of luck!!