I am a student at a business school in south Texas. I was studying finance until I realized how little passion I had for it. Realizing I enjoy cooking for others and have an immense sense of pride whenever a friend or family member likes what I serve. I have recently started working for a catering company as a cook and although the work I do there is unimaginative and monotonous, I enjoy it. Basically what I'm wondering is how did most of you get your start and how did you progress through your career? I find it difficult to pay for a formal culinary education and am wondering if there are any respected alternatives.