Hi, I stumbled on this site browsing topics related to starting a business as a personal chef or cook. I live in Austin, Texas and have been here for most of my life. I recently got laid-off from my University job of three years and I am thinking of changing careers and becoming a personal chef/cook. The work itself (cooking for other people) and the process of running my own business really appeals to me and meets a lot of my own career needs and strengths. I am really perplexed though concerning the decision of whether or not I should get a culinary degree. The cost control, sanitation/ food safety, and nutrition stuff would be really helpful to me. So would the skills section and learning to make lots of food really quickly. I just don’t know if needing to know these things justifies the cost of a culinary degree. Any input would be greatly appreciated! I know I can get personal chef certificates, too, and I just don’t know which direction to head. I have always loved food, the first thing I remember my Dad teaching me was how to peel garlic with a chef’s knife, and I can really see myself developing menus with customer input and preparing meals for them; maybe even someday coordinating events/parties and catering them. Thanks for you ear and time and good to read all of your great discussions!