I'm going to start with some background; My name is James, 17 years of age, and ready to move somewhere else next year. Currently employed at a bar & grill (Grizzly's - line cook) and a small Italian Caffe (Va Bene - saute cook). I've been thinking about college, as most American high school seniors do so. But i realized that I truly love cooking, the culinary arts, presenting an amazing plate - it's an amazing feeling. I have taken my youthfulness into consideration, how I may change my mind in a month or so and completely change my career choice, go to uni, etc. But almost the past year I've been set on cooking. Someday making it in a fine dining kitchen, as a sous chef, or even executive chef.
Now - - I ask for you advice / opinion. Should I pursue a smaller culinary school (not Le Cordon Bleu)? Just jump right into the field full-time? Seek an apprenticeship? Any thoughts are greatly appreciated. As for the location, I definitely want your input. I have an older sister who will move essentially anywhere we agree upon. Also a contact in Leipzig, Germany - I've been learning the language just in case.
The world is an open book - - I want to discover it.