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!