Welcome to Chef Talk, Christopher. Work hard with your studies; I hope success comes your way.
I'm a home cook, but my brother is a trained chef and restaurant owner. He started as a bus-boy in a family restaurant, where he also washed dishes, stocked the larder, etc. He was willing to do all tasks asked of him and worked as hard as he could, learning from everyone. Eventually he went to culinary school. Hozz's advice would be exactly the same as my brother's, based on his success. I've heard it hear from many others over the years here at Chef Talk.
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