I am about to start my studies in the Culinary Arts field. I am over 35 years old and changing profession. My dream is to cook: learn how to cook and persist in the career. I am not dreaming of becoming a Executive Chef in the short term and, quite honestly I want to enjoy the ride.
I am not searching for answers here. I am looking for some honest recommendations and advices in the different ways that this new career can take me, at my age, of course. I already consider (in fact planned) a downgrade in income.
It seems to me that becoming a great Chef is a matter of "being true to yourself" and not trying to reach the status of Celebrity Chef or becoming rich in a few months (or even few years) with high expectations.
It looks like persistence and dedication are key factors to succeed in this profession, right? Any other factors you can think to conquer happiness in such a competitive and depreciated profession?
About the one thing that fascinates me in this profession is the variety of options and experiences that increases the inspiration to be more and more creative with time.
Another thing is that I noticed that I can note start my studies with expectation of doing something, i.e. Cook in a fine Dining restaurant, when later I can realize that I may be a better person and cook in the profession by working on a food truck and be happier doing it.
Any comments, advices are welcome,