Hey guys and gals. I just found this site today and decided to join up as I hope that it will help me gain some direction. A little about myself: I just graduated with a marketing degree from a good university, but I've come to realize that that is not what I want to do with my life. I studied abroad in Paris a year ago and then got a job waiting tables at a nice restaurant last summer. This is about the time that I noticed that I loved food and developed the cooking bug. I became addicted to the Food Network, started visiting food boutiques and specialty markets, started reading cookbooks, Jeffrey Steingarten, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, anything I could get my hands on. I now realize that I want to be a chef and that one day I want to start my own business (whether that would be starting my own restaurant, I'm not sure). My dilemma now is determining where I want to go to school. I have been looking at the Cordon Bleu in Paris (I speak French, having graduated with a French minor), but I'm not sure if that is my best option. I know I need to get experience in the kitchen, but I know that going to a good school will get my foot in the door. Any advice y'all could give me would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to learning a lot here and hopefully being able to contribute something rather than just taking what will be useful for me.