Thank you all so much for your replies. I am aware that being happy is the most important thing.
lcvincent - don't mean to be rude, and I am not a grammar nazi. Thanks for sharing your story, I'm glad your parents were proud of you - but it would help a lot of if you used some punctuation in your sentences.
Thetincook - That seems to be not uncommon (university graduate parents not liking their children doing trades). When I was younger, I used to think that educated people were less ignorant, I believed this because I thought that part of having an education involves being exposed to new and different ideas, questioning the axioms and because of that I used to think educated people were more open and accepting of difference... I know I'm wrong because I think personal experience is a stronger determiner to the way we think.
Chef writer, I am proud of myself ... absolutely ... my mum reminds me that she wants me to be happy, even though she is vegetarian and she is very disturbed by the fact that I shuck oysters! It can be disheartening to hear one of your parents tell you that you are an idiot for loving your job... but he's the one that's the idiot, he can't understand happiness.
ArronP- I get the same reactions around the dinner table when I tell people about my culinary studies and my job in a nice kitchen. I know that it wears off when I have a bad day in the kitchen ... it's nice for a few minutes but that's about it really. Maybe you could be a psychiatrist specialising in eating disorders or maybe you could specialise/publish medical stuff on diet and nutrition. I agree... at the end of the day, we are all idiots that can do anything, we just need to have the burning desire to do whatever that thing is.
JPsmom - I told your story to my mum ... she smiled at the end of it.
Pollopicu - My father is very ignorant to a number of things... he is also very racist. I have argued with him, telling him that being a chef means that you know a lot about food. With food there comes science, there comes skill, there comes skill, there comes precision, technique, speed, alertness, stress and you do actually have to think. He still tells me that's hogwash... Mind you these are the ramblings of somebody who hasn't even been through the university system. He's ignorant ... and it's depressing.
HPross - I was a musician before I became an aspiring chef, you should have seen my father questioning the value of my studies.
MissyD - are you Asian in descent? I am too... my father isn't a tiger parent but I wonder if his want for me to not be a chef as anything to do with his upbringing.