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Wanting to be a chef but fear too late.

post #1 of 9
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Hi There,

 

I am a 27 year old lad from the uk. I have been wanting to be a chef for sometime.

 

At the moment i work in IT as a System Engineer doing remote support.

 

Being 27 i am worried its too late to start out as a chef and was wondering if anyone had done this or got any links info hlep they are willing to share.

 

Cheers

 

ChefJames

post #2 of 9

That makes me a little sad.  No 27 is definitely not too late.  Both myself and another chef I work with both waited until our early 30s to get into a culinary career.  It does not seem uncommon at all.  There are different challenges when you are older, but I firmly believe they are offset by greater experience and maturity.  

If it is what you want, go for it!

post #3 of 9

Never too late. stop by a local restaurant that serves food you enjoy and talk to the chef about helping out a couple nights a week. 

You should do both for awhile until you  really know you want to spend nights and weekends doing it. Read some of the other threads about what it is like. There is a lot of pressure, heat, dangerous liquids and sufaces and not many breaks. Don't quit your day job right away. 

So you can do it. Just make sure you really want to. 

post #4 of 9

Not too late.  I'm 31 and am going to be starting culinary school in April :)

~MissyD

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post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feed back guys i have requested info from some colleges in the uk to see if i can do a course as i have no offical qualifications.

post #6 of 9

27??!! A very wise man once said, "If you will it, it is no dream."

 

In spite of difficulties, you make your own luck. My own brother wanted to be a doctor from childhood, but various obstacles presented themselves until he was (coincidentally) 27 years old. Some of them were of his making, some were not. Finally, he decided he'd never be able to live with himself if he didn't give it a try- his very best effort. He's now 63 and has had a very, very successful career as a medical oncologist. He's been practicing in Florida but will retire in a couple of years to the UK. 

 

In this community you'll meet any number of people in culinary fields who were in IT careers, business careers (accounting, etc.) and various other types of careers before they made their moves. Some were quite a bit older than you and had families, mortgages and other responsibilities as well. But they decided that's who they really were: a chef, a food photographer, a caterer, a culinary instructor, a food scientist, etc. If that's who you really are, then GO FOR IT. You won't regret it unless you don't try.

 

Good luck! 

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post #7 of 9

Hi James,

 

It's not too late to become a chef. I wanted to change careers so at age 44 attended culinary school ( after working 6 months in a commercial kitchen). I suggest you get a little experience first too before jumping into culinary school, as it's best you go with a realistic view of the profession.

Best wishes!

post #8 of 9
Yes I agree with Denise Renee. If u work in the catering trade first, you will know for sure whether this is truly for u or not. If it is then I would say go for professional catering training whether at college or with a celebrity chef in the UK. I am in the UK and I come from a catering background myself.
post #9 of 9
You are never too old to learn or start a new career. I am nearly 40 and am delegating at the moment whether to start my own restaurant with a far better tasting chicken recipe than kfc. Or should I concentrate on my beauty and media career?
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