I'm a sous chef recently out of a job and am trying to figure out what my next step should be. I am not classically trained and have never been to school but have spent the past 5 years learning on the job and on my own. I developed enough to be considered for a head chef position at a 80 seat bistro but that went by the way side.
I really just want to continue learning as I just turned 29 and could learn quite a bit more outside of the small culinary world I currently reside in. My idea is to travel to other parts of the country to try and pick up short term jobs at some decent places where I can gain some more knowledge. The problem with that is that I don't know where to begin. Obviously i could do some stages but I wouldn't be able to sustain myself for very long doing that. So what are my options? Interviewing for restaurants across the country on the phone doesn't seem very productive.
Should I just pack my bags, pick a city, and hope for the best? I've been in this too long to not have this be my career and know I have the will to become an excellent chef so changing careers doesn't seem like its in the cards.
Surely someone else has been in this position before and could chime in