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I sometimes wonder why so many people have a love for culinary arts. It seems that everyone loves food and wants to carve a career out of their love. Is it easy? The answer is difficult.

A few months ago I met a friend who is a software developer.

He is bored with his job and wants a career change. When asked he told me he was looking for a good culinary arts school to study culinary arts – he wanted to become a culinary artist. What amazed me was that my friend was over 35 years old.

For most people a career in culinary is very glamorous, high age and there is no job job. That is wrong!!! These are some of the reasons why many men and women are willing to change their careers even if they are in the middle of one. That further explains why we see many parents attending classes at culinary arts schools.

Are they right?

Firstly there is nothing glamorous in a chef’s life. Ask him and he will answer the same. Both of them are among the busiest professionals in the world. But there is one thing to deal with, they are well paid and have a pretty decent lifestyle.

So if you are a foodie, and love to cook – and ready to work 8-10 hours a day, the hospitality keeps you satisfied and the hotel / restaurant atmosphere is exactly what you want – go to a good culinary arts school – you should consider becoming a chef.

Wait – there’s a lot more. Employment in the restaurant industry will reach 13.3 million in 2012. Currently the restaurant industry is the largest employer in the country apart from the government. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the restaurant industry’s growth will be 30 percent over the next two years.