Howdy all, I'm from south Texas and I love to cook, especially BBQ. Been competing in cookoffs for a few years and have won many many awards and want to take my game up a couple notches, its getting harder to win as more people join in and the game gets better. I'm constantly watching the cooking shows on tv and find myself wanting to be a better more rounded cook and maybe take a chef class. However I just turned 49 and dont know if its too little too late to make a carreer out of it, time will tell. Hoping to find some good info here that may help take my competition Q to a new level and learn more about whats its really like to actually be a chef or longtime cook. I did own a mexican retaurant for about 16 months but it folded along with many others in this great econmic times we live in. I still want to do it again (not mexican food though) but want to be a little smarter and wiser this time around, my lack of experience in the industry contibuted too to my selling out. Anyhoo glad to be here.