I'm not sure where you live - but we have members from all over the world who might be able to answer any questions you might have about changing your career path - and believe me, at 26, it's not too late!
Feel free to join in on any thread you find interesting, or start your own. The professional fora are read-only for those of us who are not in any of the culinary professions - but still make interesting reading! There is a section for culinary students who are best placed to give you advice regarding career information. There are lots of great articles on here and some truly amazing photography, which I know you would find interesting.