I first thought of going in a culinary direction about three months ago. I started reading. A LOT. And something I kept coming across over and over again was the idea of presenting yourself to a chef as free help. This is how so many people have started out. So I did that. I have been around this particular restaurant observing, learning, and doing for about three months, and last night was offered a job starting in late April. I am really excited. Someday I will go to culinary school, but I wanted to encourage those of you who are still thinking about the idea to GO somewhere and DO something. I am learning so much, and have been pushed so much, even have been through my first knife injury without fainting completely.