Answers-do you have to pay most high end restaurants to work for them?
Yes, if it's an apprentice system used by the restaurant; as a non-EU citizen you can not normally work for pay in EU countries
-how much in us dollars did you pay?...and how much do you think it would cost nowdays?
I paid $ 200 a month in 1979; no idea of the cost now
-how long would you recomend to stay?
One year at least; or four to six months if you're a baker.
-do people think your more qualified just because you cooked in france?....i hope this question doesnt offend you, it just seems to me that when i hear of someone who cooked/studied in france sound more qualified.
Yes, if you want to cook French-style cuisine; the quality of kitchen personell, raw foods, cheeses, wines, etc. in France is simply incredible. Now, if you cook Mexican, no.
-was it hard to find a restaurant that would take you on?
No, networking takes time, but you will have no real trouble finding a starred kitchen to work in; student visas and living arrangements can be difficult to get, but, again with time...
sorry for all the questions, i'm just a curios person.