I have a few questions regarding the Culinary Arts field. Let me start out by introducing myself and explaining my situation. My name is Anthony Garcia, I'm 18 and live in southern California and plan to have my G.E.D. by the end of this year. I just recently (summer 05) started thinking about going into the Culinary field of work, but then realized I know almost nothing about it. I read a few of the other threads asking questions about being a Chef/cook but I still can't find the answers I'm looking for. From what I understand being a Chef requires alot of hardwork, dedication, knowledge and experience. I have no experience aside from a few attempted eggplant parmagina and steak and potatoes. Anyway here are my questions. Where should I start? I saw a few people suggesting a summer job in a kitchen to see what I'm really getting into, if so where and how? What did you have to know to get through Culinary school? I saw some people bring up Chemistry, which I was never taught in High School. Also do you have to take general ed at all the schools? Is it too late for me to start? I'm 18 and have no real cooking skills. I wasn't really raised around cooks either , a same ol' same ol' thing. Advice and opinions greatly appreciated. Thank you!