Hello all, I'm a culinary student currently finishing up the course. I have to say, I loved every bit of it and still have the same level of passion to cook, the only thing bothering me is where I'm going to work in the future. I worked in a restaurant kitchen last summer making sandwiches, salads, and lots of prep work. To be honest, I flat out HATED it. I was working 55-60 hours week with no overtime, is that a regular occurrence in restaurant kitchens (side note: almost everyone in the kitchen was an illegal)? When I told them I would like to be compensated for overtime they simply started cutting me at 40 hrs a week. Another thing I didn't enjoy was the "rush" of everything. Cooking to me works as a creative outlet. Working in a restaurant just made me feel like a robot on a factory line pumping out items. My schedule was also not flexible, asking for a day off was like asking to get fired. I felt like I had no life that summer. I don't want to live like that for years to come. I love cooking, but the restaurant sorted seemed to bring me down more than up. It didn't seem healthy to me to let work encompass my life so much, towards the end of the 4 months of working there I felt somewhat depressed. I wasn't able to give much time to other passions in my life or hang out with friends and family. I'm lost,I don't know what to do. I feel like this is the only thing I want to do In life. I don't want any other job except cooking, but it seems most jobs cooking are in restaurants. Anyone here have any personal experience working in other places BESIDE restaurants? I was thinking somewhere along the lines of Catering Companies, Hotel or maybe even a private hospital? I'd appreciate any advice from anyone who's worked in these settings. Please explain to me what the hours are like and more importantly, the working environment.