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message posted 31-Oct-11 14:01:10
Hi all,

I am new to this forum and am in real need of some constructive advice. I am 29 years old and live in hampshire uk. I currently work in the insurance industry and have done for the past 10 years.

Over the last year I have seriously considered giving up mu job to start working in the food/restaurant industry, something that I have been extremely passionate about for as long as I can remember.

The only thing that is holding me back is the financial side of the job. I have a son and a house to maintain which makes me think it will be impossible for me to start a new career in food. Has anybody else been in the same situation? I am at the point in which I need to be in a job I care greatly for and any advice you guys have would be invaluable to me.

Thank you
message posted 01-Nov-11 16:51:28
Hi Chef

That is a tricky one.

You are never to old to get into the industry, the thing is child and mortgage.

Lets say you did an online course / part time nvq and worked some weekends as a commis. Then with a stroke of luck you managed to secure a chef de partie position in a top London property, you would only be looking at 22 K tops.

So that is the trick, your outgoings based on your salary now.

I really don't know another avenue to follow, because you would start at the bottom and the money is pretty shit.

Perhaps to get a flavour of the industry, try and get a saturday shift in a local gastro pub / restaurant. This might help you get a clearer picture and an avenue in.

All the Best .... Chef !
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