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Looking for opinions from someone who've done it.

post #1 of 7
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Hi, this is my first time posting here! I wanna go into culinary arts and travel around the world to learn about different styles of cooking as much as possible. I want to someday become an accomplished chef and open my own restaurant. My concern is that I just turned 31. I'm very fit and energetic and don't have any obligation like debts or family. I saved up money so I can get by for a few years with a low wage. I've never worked in any kitchen before so I'm thinking of working at one to find out what it's like, and then do schooling if I feel up for it. I've always enjoyed cooking meals for my friends and my heart pounds at the thought that someday I'll be able to create awesome meals for other people to enjoy. But I understand that working at professional kitchens is nothing like doing it at home. 

 

My question is, has anybody started this late, survived and actually did what I'm dreaming to do? Or should I just keep it as my dream and move on? I do feel like I'm gambling with my life. If you could share your opinions with me, I'd appreciate it very much. Thanks!

post #2 of 7

I more or less have done what you are dreaming of doing. I started a little earlier than you, but didn't get serious about it and realize it was going to be my career until I was about your age. Definitely doable at 31.

 

I have no plans to quit any time soon, maybe when I reach 71. Working keeps me young, vital, and energized. I am still curious and learning all the time. The culinary world is far too big to ever get boring. If you do the same and work until 71, that will be a 40 year career. Plenty of time for your dreams.

 

Take a year and commit to culinary work. A year is nothing. Not much of a gamble. A mere blip in a life time. At the end of the year, you should know if you want to continue or not.

 

Regrets usually come from wouldas, shouldas, couldas. Eliminate that possibility with a small time investment.

Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
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Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
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post #3 of 7

31 is not too old at all.  Go for it!

"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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"Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." - Aristotle
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post #4 of 7
Yes, you are too old.


J/k you sound like you have a really good game plan, pursue your dreams man.
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 

Thank you for your replies! I know that I have to start doing it from somewhere sometime. I'll give it a shot!

post #6 of 7

"It's never too late to be what you could have been."

post #7 of 7
Ahhh to be 31 again, go for it, its a fun ride.
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