So guys i´m not any new poster but i have a situation that i would love your opinions and wisdom on answering. So if you could please share some knowledge and spare some time. Basically this is the situation I worked in the industry since i was 16. Started out as a recepcionist, moved on to Barman, Waiter, Recepcionist again ect... working in many positions in the FOH, just waiting for the day i could finally cook in a kitchen like i always dreamed. One glorious day when i was working at a decent place a salad cook quit and they needed a body in the kitchen. That was me i guess, and how i ended up working in the kitchen (at 18 years old). I was able to meet a great chef who was willing to give me a free eduacation, teach me everything she could and knew and at the end pay me for it. So 1 month later im a line cook at a great place, and i realize i actually can be a good line cook. So yeah I worked in the line for a little over a year. I had some great experiences, worked in a few places, did gigs, culinary competitions, wine pairing dinners, a bunch of things as i really did try hard to advance my career. But you know things happen and sometimes we are forced to leave the industry given certain circumstances. Had some personal family issues involving some loved ones in my family and i got an opportunity to work in a field i never considered (teaching). Anyway after over a year in the industry i backed away and started teaching just to have some stability in my hours. Now after 18 months of teaching i want to return to the cooking industry. I have experience, i apprenticed for a year under a great chef. I haven´t gone to culinary school, but i went to trade school and vocacional school. Doing various courses lasting anything from 1 week to 18 months. So i don´t think im an idiot, I know how to prep food, know how to work clean, and know my basics and fundamentals. I´m confident with a knife, and i worked sautee/garnish/hot apps the entire time i was a line cook. I do think i´m a bit rusty since i have been doing a lot of home cooking, but i always do my best to pratice the techniques and fundamentals i have learned. Anyway since i took a step back from the industry there´s this big 18 month old gap on my resume. And restaurants are a bit hesitant to hire me even for entry level positions, because they think i´m a noob. I have nothing against washing dishes, but its not where i want to be, plus i really fear that i´ll stay stuck on dish duty and not be noticed or given the opportunity to show i do have interest in cooking. Anyway this saturday i got an opportunity to stage at a restaurant. Its new and the owner used to frequently go to the other places i had worked before and ate a lot of my food, not knowing i was the cook that made her dishes. Anyway i want to give it a shot and go stage. The problem is that if i do okay on the stage she will hire me, but not to work the line and yes to work pantry and prep. So basically where i want to get at is... In my shoes would you take the position?? Would you work somewhere in the kitchen not involving the line that in hopes of getting your chance oneday? If i was given the opportunity to work prep/pantry i would take it, but would also have a talk and see if maybe i could work the mornings shifts for free and try to learn the menu AFAP and see if that would be an interesting deal to make, so that way i could maybe get on the line faster. I just miss the line so much, and even though teaching was fufilling (at some point) and i am good at it, it doesnt give me that rush, and excitement the line ever has. I have loved to cook since i was a child. This industry was my life at some point and i want it to be my future. Plus i did invest in trade school, staging, and an apprenticeship for a reason. I WANT TO BE A LINE COOK!! It´s so simple but lately it´s been fo hard to accomplish, when i was 18 and immature i was getting opportunities all over the place, worked my butt of for over a year on the line, and now at 21 it seems to have gotten harder to get cooking opportunities. Alight alright, enough ranting.... Opinions guys, what would you guys do?? Anyone go through something like this?? Advice. Thanks for wasting your time with little old me.