After many years in the world of business I quit and enrolled in one of the leading cooking schools in Israel. I passed my state exams and started about a year and a half ago in the dairy kitchen of a fine hotel. For the last 7 months I've been working as a prep cook at a catering hall. While I learned more about food prep at the hotel, I'm learning more about plating in my current job. Though I'm not young, I realize I have a lot to learn as a cook and am planning to look for a new position, probably in the fall. My goal is to learn as much as I can in the next year or two and then, hopefully, decide on the kind of work I prefer and find a place where I can work for a long time. I'm also trying to learn what I can about the business end of the industry. At my age (mid 50's) I may be best moving into the management side of things, but only after I have a good background working in the kitchen.
After "stumbling" upon this website it seems like an excellent place for increasing my professional knowledge.