For most of my life I planned on being a psychologist of some sort. However, I relatively recently decided that going after a PhD might not be the most realistic goal for myself and all the papers and book work doesn't sound pleasant. I'd much rather have more "hands on" learning. So my issue at the moment is that because this is a newer idea for me I know very little about it. If there are any experienced individuals (especially if you've traveled) that would be willing to answer the following questions for me that would be greatly appreciated.
1. Is it worth it to go to culinary school? If so, why? If not, why and do I need any college?
2. If I traveled to another country for some extra experience (which I LOVE the idea of), which countries (top 2 or 3) would you recommend going to? I've been considering Thailand, Spain, and Mexico. But that's mainly because of price and I happen to love Spanish haha.
3. If you're an experienced chef, what would your best advice for me be RIGHT NOW. What types of specific steps would you recommend that I, as a beginner, should take?
4. How much of an advantage would studying food in another country actually be for me?
My ultimate goal would be to be a chef and I'm willing to work darn hard for it. I know it's not easy or "fun" haha. I want to strive to be the best, but I need to know the steps I should take to get there.