I have been in the construction industry since the age of 16. I will be 41 this Sunday and with all these years of experience with hands on work to pushing pencils in construction management, I find myself at a crossroads once again.
I say this because I was laid off recently as a construction manager and I have had it. I have had much success in the construction industry, but I have also had much failure. I have had enough of the failure so I am willing and able to find myself and do something I enjoy for a living.
I have not gone to CA school and don't plan on it. I know I won't be the next Legasse or Ramsay and I am okay with that. I love to cook and go out of my way to make good meals that for 99% of the time, everyone loves. I enjoy being in the kitchen and find it very rewarding.
With that said, I am starting a new program called Kitchen Professional at Applebee's. (Yes, Applebee's. I need to start somewhere.) I am familiar with how the line works but it has been 20 years since I have been in the back of the house. Other that 6 months working at Macaroni Grill, that is all of the experience I have as a line cook. I have a passion for cooking but my experience comes out of my own kitchen. Yes, I know that it is a different ball game working for a chain. I have thought long and hard and have done my research. But like I said above, I want to get into something I love to do, no matter the ups and downs about it.
Anyways, this is who I am and what I am about. If anyone has any positive and motivating information on how I can best adapt to this new life and succeed at it, let me know. I know this is an introduction forum only, so we will have to start a new one. Thanks and God bless.