Hi All, I am a newbie here and have a bit of a "dilemma". Here is some background: I am an engineer by practice, having obtained a B.S. Degree from Boston University recently (1 year ago) and currently work in Newport, RI as a mechanical engineer. As of recently, I am having a kind of early mid life crisis where I am realizing that I don't want to be an engineer much longer. What I do want to do is cook. I love cooking at home - as a 23 year old, you don't often find young grads cooking dinner for themselves every night, where as I love to do it. I don't cook very simple stuff either, and I am getting better and better. My question is: What is the best way to develop my skills and perhaps begin down a long cooking career path? I thought about just quitting all together and enrolling at a culinary school, but that seems a little bit unrealistic given my financial situation (lots of student loans from my engineering degree to pay off). I was thinking of contacting some restaurants in the area and offering my services (albeit they are very limited) for minimum wage. This would give me some experience and I could learn on the fly as a part time job. I wouldn't be doing it for the money (I make a decent salary at work as it is), but for the experience. Does anyone have any experience with this? Perhaps some guidance?