Hey everyone. I'm a 30ish woman living in Texas. I am an at home cook who cooked for her family from ages 8-18. I took a LONG break and just got back in the kitchen this past year. Part of that decision was because I knew I could eat better at home and horribly missed cooking and part of that decision was somewhat shaped by the fact my boyfriend is a chef.
I am a huge career cross-road in my life. Currently I am working in the creative field which pays marginally but I truly love it. However, I have started thinking about getting into the culinary field and I'm trying to really think about what I could do. I have done public relations, writing/reviews, photography and marketing professionally and I think this is the right route in this industry that I should go. But, more and more I find myself dreaming of (and doing) cooking and working in a kitchen in a BOH capacity. I have zero restaurant experience at this point in my life.
I had an opportunity to stage at a very good restaurant near where I live and my other job wouldn't allow me any time off due to the holidays. Now that 2014 is here, I am going to keep my eyes open for other stage opportunities. I know I am not nearly ready to cook in a fine dining restaurant, but I think I could hold my own doing prep. But, for all I know, I might absolutely hate it too. Maybe I just want to be in the kitchen for the wrong reasons.
To sum it up, I'm pretty much scared to take the first step and I don't want to talk to my BF about it (yet) because I know if I do, he will tell his chef friends to get me a job; I'd rather set up my own stages and get into the industry on my own.
In the meantime, always happy to cook at home! And lucky that when I don't want to cook, I have a BF that might :)
Edited by JTX3 - 12/28/13 at 6:23pm