I've been cooking for about 9-10 years. I'm fascinated with real from scratch cooking, fine dining, animal butchery, sauces, seasonality, pickling. You name it, I begin to drool with passion and desire to be the best, to be a chef. For the longest time I had a hard time making a commitment to the industry. I had a choice, it was either committing to works grueling hours in the best restaurants or settle for less, dabble around in the kitchen and be part of a Buddhist meditation community. Meditation community offers weekend classes that I can't commit to anymore. It was either one or the other. I love both. My passion is cooking and my heart is Buddhist.
I love to cook but am currently working as a kitchen supervisor at a hotel, making $15.50/hr. I'm not happy since I have no one to mentor and teach me. There is no real cooking. I told my manager that I would like to leave the hotel no later then March.
I'm not sure how to make the next move. I know how to do ordering, keep track of food cost but I want to do real cooking. I can't afford a pay cut but would like to do real food without swaying into the world of corporate dining. I've gone to culinary school but am still developing as a cook. Some guys that I went to school with are already chefs. I'm trying not to get jealous but just move forward. I just need advice on my next move.
I'm in Chicago if that 's helpful.
Thank you in advance.