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Hi to all! And big question to all professionals.

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Welcome everyone. My name is Jarek it is pleasure to join this forum. I would like to start with question that will also introduce me. I am 32 years old, 3 years a go I did my job as diving instructor in Thailand, and... during the time off, in one of the restaurant I was invited to see the kitchen, and I fall in love with this profession. Problem is at this time I was 29 and I decided to change my profession. As so I decided to travel to London...start on pot wash, go through to get money for NVQ , first Chef qualifications..and so working in many places,changing job often I still can't find my way. Places I mostly worked were only work camps without passion and quality only stress and no place to learn. I have in my head that I am to old to become good Chef. I can not find way, should I struggle in Michelin 80 hrs a week, or go to normal restaurant, or go to culinary sschool? How to master all this knowledge.. Bourdain in his book said that guy after 30 should give up.I study a lot, read but I have only mess in my head. I do not even have place to cook as I rent room. I am not from rich family, all I do I depend by myself, but I need guidance. Some advices? Thank You and all the best.
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First of all, 30 is not too late to start in this business, although the older you get the rougher it is on the body.  Secondly, find a place that you are comfortable with.  There are all sorts of great restaurants, most of them without the Michelin stars.  There are many people that excel in the fast-paced, stressful, backstabbing world you describe, and others don't.  If this place isn't for you then find another place.  There are plenty of great chefs out there, the vast majority doing their work without all the awards.  Talk to other cooks and chefs and find out the places that they like to eat.  Chances are those are places that are putting out great, unpretensious food.

Good luck as you start your new career.
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