This is possibly one of those mid-life crisis moments, but bear with me. I want to learn to cook GOOD food, preferably Italian. I would love to learn to butcher meat, clean fish and seafood, the whole nine yards. I want to learn to cook where the food is great and made from scratch. I have a day job, but can work from "home", wherever that is. My work hours are M-F 8-5 CST. Unfortunately, this would have me walking into a dinner rush pretty much anywhere. However, I am willing to work weekends too. Think of this as a "will work for education" scenario. I have to start somewhere, so I was hoping something similar to an "internship" would work out for both myself and the restaurant. I live in TN, so "seafood" and "fresh" really don't happen here. The seafood that coastal people have come to expect is simply not available here. I'm willing to travel on my dime and pay my own living expenses. In exchange, I hope to not wash dishes the entire time. The very highest I should start is doing "prep". I've been out of a kitchen for too long, and the kitchens I have worked in were not the kind where making great food from scratch was even an option. So, if you know of a restaurant that might be open to allowing my fat, 40 year old rear end in their kitchen, please let me know. My preference is Chicago or east of Chicago. You may stop laughing now .