I would like some views on my current scenario i am in at this time. 5 years ago i started my path in the kitchen world. Started dish washing, then prepping, then trained for the line. Basic start nothing special. Where I work we have 2 kitchens, a main dining room kitchen and a mezz kitchen for upstairs bar. It is a private club. This is my first kitchen job and stuck to it for 5 years now going on 6 next summer. This past year when the chef or sou chef was not in the mezz i was 2nd in charge of it, until the 1st decided to call out for a week then demand more money so he was fired. Our numbers we feed in this club are not huge, i think the most my small kitchen did was 169 people. Was 2 cooks including me and 1 dish washer. All the customers usually come in at one time, and ordered all at once. When the 1st was disposed of i was in charge of prepping that kitchen, (menu was around 35 items not huge) monitoring the food quality and also running my stations. (until the GM stepped in i was in charge of the grill, fryer, pantry and backed up the front station). The chef and sou chef actually seemed pretty impressed, both have over 20 years in the business. Sou chef compliments me and tells me rather often that if i become a little meaner and stricter, i shouldn't have an issue if someone gives me a sou chef position. So in my eyes in those 5 years i came a nice way. I have recently been trying to push for college in culinary arts. I am from NJ, we have a rather reputable culinary school an hour from me. About 36k for an associates. I put it off due to money. But also i have been thinking of trying my hand at another restaurant. Where i work now i love it there. They pay me decent for what i am. It is seasonal though, spring through summer its 6-7 days a week. Middle of September we start closing down day by day. Winter we do weddings on weekends, 100-200 people in the downstairs kitchen. Which is where they moved me to now. My issue with moving along to a new restaurant (wether a hotel kitchen, or another private one whatever i can find) is not being sure if i learned enough to actually hold my own as i do in this private club. Probably something rather stupid to be concerned with in such a career choice but non the less. A small note, i dont really have much support from my personal side with my career choice. It is something im doing cause i enjoy it. But family (aside from a few) and girl friend find it rather silly to persue a career that will never make me financially stable, least in their eyes. What are your views on all of this?