Hello. I am a high school student. I'm still not of legal age, but in about a year I'll be able to work. I want to start off in the food industry, of course. I want to begin at a restaurant that isn't too demanding, but is also realistic...meaning that they cook their food fresh and don't just throw a few pre-packaged things together and call it food. However, where exactly do I start? Do I go to a fast food restaurant? Can I still learn how to prep and cook food properly, or will it mostly be processed, boxed food? Should I go to a diner/casual dining restaurant and start from there? I also want to work only about 3 to 4 hours on week days (more on weekends) so I have time for homework. Do you think a restaurant owner/chef would be understanding of that? I've talked to my brother about this. He said that I should work in a restaurant before deciding whether I want to go to culinary school or not. I considered his point and I researched it a little bit. A lot of chefs said that you can get more experience working in a restaurant for a couple of years than you can going to a culinary school in four years! Is that true? Thank you. I look forward to your answers! P.S.: I'm a person who tends to plan and think ahead for the future. I hope that by me saying "in about a year" doesn't throw you off. I just like to plan ahead /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif.