Simple really, school is not work. School is easy, it's simple and fun compared to work. I will be able to go to class 2 to 3 evenings a week from about 6:30pm to 10:30pm and them come home. Know anyone who would want to hire me to work those hours? I'll stay later sure and bust my a** but I better be learning a lot, especially if I'm working for free and exchanging my time for knowledge. I would be more than happy to do that.
Now you may be thinking to yourself "But the kids are asleep so what's the problem?" I'll get to that later.
As I understand it the hours would be more like 4pm to 2am. That means that I have to leave at 3 which means time away from the kids and the added expense of a babysitter. Also, if I am being paid then my employer will most likely want 5 or 6 days a week and really won't give a sh** about my home life. Hell, even if I managed to find somebody who would let me walk in the door at 6pm then I would probably be working until 2am at the least in a best case scenario, go home and sleep about 3 hours and then wake up to take care of kids.
Now I don't know about anyone else, but I don't see how I can do a decent job with my kids if I'm always exhausted. I don't get much sleep as it is but that is cool for now because it's not like I have a job I have to deal with. Plus, now that I'm not sleeping and spending my entire day running around with kids and my nights working in a kitchen, how long do you figure it will take until I hurt myself or someone else because of some stupid mistake because I'm always tired?
As far as the kids being asleep, I have news for you..they wake up at different points during the night. If I'm at some kitchen getting my jollies off seeing if I'll like it, my wife, who's work allows me to stay home with the kids and do things like contemplate culinary school, is now forced to deal with two kids by herself when she should be sleeping. So, now she gets to be super tired at work all the time as well. Plus we now have two parents who whenever they see their kids are bone tired.
Am I totally wrong here about what kind of hours I would be expected to work? If I am anywhere near the mark then at this point in my life that is totally unacceptable because basically, it's not all about me.
On the other hand let's say I spent a year or two studying (at class and on my own) and practicing at home. Two or three nights a week from 6:30 to 10:30 is great schedule for me. Wife is home in time for me to leave even if she gets called for a last minute meeting. She would have to put the kids to bed by herself a few times a week but that is far better that the other scenario and besides, I would be home before the evening fun starts and kids start waking up.
I think you also need to understand that I don't have any grand allusions of becoming a chef. I really want to learn about food and how to be a better cook and what career opportunities that may open up for me in the future. That may very well have me working in a kitchen, it may have me working in a corporate position or maybe I'll just wind up blogging about it. It's too soon to tell. I know that if it's not in the cards and I truly hate working in a kitchen environment, well, I'll hate it today, tomorrow and next year. I can guarantee you this though, let's say I turn out to love it, find it's in my blood and I'm good at it. The best way I can think of to screw that up is to start it when I'm not ready and put undue pressure on me, my wife and my kids. For me personally, that is just not any kind of recipe for success.