I've never been great at introducing myself, so here goes. First off, it's great to find a community of culinary professionals. I've lurked here quite a bit, and there are a lot of interesting discussions that I plan on taking part in. I worked as a line cook through most of high school and early college until I could get a 'real' job, y'know, with a desk, and a computer and a shirt and tie. When I got my desk job, I found that it wasn't what I wanted at all. I missed the barely-contained chaos of a Friday night dinner rush. After getting downsized, I spent a while trying to decide what to do with my life. After much disagreement from friends and family, I started taking night classes towards a culinary skills diploma at the local college. Taking these courses led me to a job in the kitchen of a local homeless shelter. It's not four star dining, but I think I've learned a lot more there than I could in a nicer place where I would probably have a smaller role. Not to mention that my clientele is a lot more ...ahem... interesting than most other places, so there's never a dull moment. I've also recently developed an interest in sports nutrition. Eventually, I may like to work as a chef to a major sports team, or to olympic athletes. But there are so many different options in the culinary field that it's hard to pick just one possible career.