I am really curious what a lot of the professional chefs and caterers pay their cooks? Back when I was just out of school I was making 8.50 an hour. Later as I went up in skill level I was making 13.00 an hour as a line/prep cook. Reason I am asking is I am noticing the high cost of culinary education now and wondering how realistic it is for people to consider culinary school. For example to attend the CIA it is close to $60K for the program. Most people don't have that money so they will end up taking loans. If someone is making $13.00 to $15.00 an hour plus living expenses they are going to be paying the loan of for a very long time. Just wondering what the cost benefit analysis is for going to culinary school.