I think going to culinary school would be a good idea to get the technique and skill down you'll need in the industry. Though, a lot of people dont agree and would probably say that going to culinary school is for panzies, but I think in the long run you are probably going to be more efficient and put out a better quality product, I go to culinary school at the CIA in New York right now. I am working on my BPS in Culnary Arts and I have an AAS degree in Culinary Management from my first college that I went to in Florida. How cool is it to be walking to class and see chefs that you wouldn never think of seing out side anywhere!
Not to say that people you have not had formal traing are not amazing in the kitchen, there is a lot of them out there. In fact I just met a chef named Peter Kelly that owns 6 restaurants in the Hudson Valley and just worked his way up until he opeded up his first restaurant at the age of 27.
Gues it just depends on what you want to do in the long run?
“When you acknowledge, as you must, that there is no such thing as perfect food, only the idea of it, then the real purpose of striving toward perfection becomes clear: to make people happy, that is what cooking is all about.”
― Thomas Keller, The French Laundry Cookbook
Hope this helped a little!