Just bought the CIA the proffesional chef book!
If you mean the one by Wayne Gisslen then I'd say you made a great choice! Incidentally I followed the same route you have decided on. I never set out to be a chef, it just kind of happened. After a years of viewing cooking just as a job I landed a job at a pretty nice restaurant. It was a world I'd never seen, and I got really hooked. In an effort to learn the craft more fully I bought that same book by Gisslen and read it cover to cover a few times. Whenever I had time I'd practice stuff from it. Over the years I added more books to my library and learned more techniques. Eventually I became chef of that place.
School is great but experience and some initiative can get you where you want to be, too.
I'd also download a copy of modernist cuisine if I were you. It's pretty cool to have, tons of info and can be quite inspiring. Just Google 'modernist cuisine torrent'.
Agreed! That's a great book.