Hi all Apologies in advance for the long post ... For as long as I remember I’ve been passionate about food, in particular cooking healthy fresh meals. I started cooking for myself in my early teens when I became a vegetarian. Since then I’ve enjoyed nothing more than cooking and entertaining for my friends and family. I work in marketing and love what I do but have always questioned whether a career related to food is my true calling. Potentially one day opening my own café or perhaps even a catering business. I plan to immigrate to NY next year with my partner. I will be a dependent on his Visa which means that I will be unable to work for at least 3 months while my authorization to work is being processed. My thinking is that this would be an ideal opportunity to find out whether I should work in the food industry. I have been looking into schools in NY and have am interested in the Natural Gourmet Institute, it appeals to me because: Of the cooking style and focus on health and well-being From what I've read it’s not just designed to produce chefs but rather professionals across a broad range of careers from catering through to education (which is helpful as I don’t know exactly what I want to do and would like to use a period of study to define my career goals) Length of study being only 5.5 months as opposed to long term 2 or 3 year course The only thing is that the school does seem expensive at approximately $25,500 and I’ve read that in recent years that price of the course has increased and is now overpriced. I’m questioning whether I should invest this much when I’m not 100% sure whether cooking should be my career as opposed to my hobby. Given my situation I’d love any thoughts on what I should do to work out whether a career in food is for me, and / or alternatives to the Natural Gourmet Institute to figure this out. Thank so much in advance.