Yeah, I get it. Bartending is a part of the Foodservice Industry, so it's closer to being a cook, than a lot of other jobs. So yeah, making the jump from bartending to cooking is not as huge of a leap as going from law to cooking.
BUT, this is a trade/skill industry, AND it's one of the few where you can still get on-the-job training, on-the-job experience and not ever have to go to school.
For a lot of people, many who never set foot in a professional kitchen before enrolling, it becomes a hobby that they dropped $20,000 or $50,000 on (one that some people can afford to do, but that the OP can not). And doing proper research - as much as is possible - is ALWAYS highly recommended before any sort of Master's level education. It's widely accepted that high school graduates often go to college not knowing what they want to do professionally, and many others change along the way. But who goes to medical school without taking Bio, Chem, Physics, and gaining a fairly decent education of the sciences? Who goes to medical school without doing a fair amount of educating themselves as to what medical school entails, and what the profession on which they're about to drop $200,000 is all about?
All of you who has a friend who admittedly "can't boil water", but expressed an interest in going to culinary school. You'd all encourage that without any realistic advice. like...learn the basics and work in a kitchen first to see if it's what you're imagining it to be?
Danny, Why put yourself in a position where you have a huge education bill, for no reason??
FIRST, spend time in a kitchen...THEN after you decide that being a cook is what you want to do, and you've researched the cost-benefits of going to culinary school versus staying in kitchens and learning, THEN learning to be a bartender and using it as a way to finance culinary school becomes a plausible idea.
I apologize if you felt insulted by my earlier posts. It wasn't my intent. If anything I was insulting your idea, not you. I'm trying to be truly helpful to you, Dannyh, and if that means that when I don't blindly support your plan....Well, let's just say you could use more "friends" like me.