I may not be the most educated person on this forum.
I wasn't the greatest student out there.
I was working in the restaurant business for almost 20 years,and being the owner/executive chef of a fine dining restaurant for 5 year of them before I finally got a master's degree in culinary arts and restaurant management.
But I was lucky to have these things at a very early age:
A love and talent for cooking.
Parents that didn't fill my head wit their ideologies.
A drive to always do the best I can.
A family with a history of good cooks.
While other kids wanted G.I.Joe action figures,I wanted an "Eazy-Bake Oven".
While other kids were reading Batman Comics,I was reading Betty Crocker Cookbooks.
While other kids had paper routes and lemonade stands,I was helping my mom make sandwiches,pies,cookies and cakes,and helping her sell them out of a beat up used old "Meals on Wheels" truck my dad bought her.
By my second year of highschool,I was already a better cook than the Culinary Arts teacher whose class I took.Probably the only class that I aced.