I've been cooking for some time and can make most recipes. I would like to take it up a notch and learn a lot more than just following a recipe though, learn the how and why that is the way it should be done, what is compatible, what is not and why. In short, some time before I die, I would like to be something approaching a fully fledged competent home chef.
However, this is a hobby. I don't have the time to go back to school nor do I want to spend a fortune on what is just a hobby. There are a lot fo internet sites ut there that "teach", but it seems that most teach via video or other lessons recipe by recipe, tossing in a bit of universal knowledge here and there. O.K., but a bit hit and miss.
Does anyone know of an internet site structured like a culinary school with lessons starting with 101, covering all the bases with the "student" learning at his own pace that, theoretically, ends up with the student essentially being a competent "chef"?
If this is something free, that would be even better ;D