I don't want to ask these next questions as I've read many forum questions similar to this but still haven't found the answer I'm looking for. I am in need of some advice... Here is my "bio" so you can understand where I'm coming from. I am 28 now, I've been cooking since I was a child, I love it, I am skilled in or at the least talented in "cooking" I've taken many years studying cooking on my own, just for the thrill of learning new techniques....however my whole life I avoided going into culinary because, well, every body has told me I should so, instinctually I avoided it. I feel it was a bad decision and have not found a career I am in love with as much as food service...I am longing to be a professional chef, perhaps owning my own restaurant in the future.I understand the difference between "cooking" and actually being in a real kitchen and I'm full aware of the difficulty and learning curb. I am very very eager to learn this business, it's not a job but a career to me.i respect everyone in this industry and understand that I really don't know anything, and will be starting out at the very bottom because I have NO experience in a restaurant on any level. With that said here are my questions... All though I'm good at cooking and creating dishes that have a lot difficulty, I realize I am no CHEF, I have no real technical skills , for example I can cut onions with a knife, sure, but I don't know the different ways of chopping cutting and most of all how to do it the way a chef does, I just do it as fast as I can, no real skill there, if you understand what I'm saying. I have been told by chefs not to go to school and just get a job in a kitchen, they say that school is a waste of money and time and I've shown I'm able to learn fast, work hard, and practice at home if necessary, but I am worried that these basic skills I haven't learned would cause me to be fired in no time, also , I doubt it's likely at my age to get a kitchen line cook job with no experience.... Yes, so basically my question is, should I go to a cheap school to learn the things I don't know, or should I just work my way to the top? Also what is the likely hood of scoring a line cook job with no experience.... Thank you so much for reading this, and answering, any advice or tips at all are absolutely appreciated! I don't know you but i respect you and the time it took to read this. I just wanted to reach a broader audience for these question to make sure the advice I've been given was sound. I also understand I'll be taking a serious pay cut from what I understand I'll be starting at 9.00 an hour. But I don't even care I just want to learn.