I'm currently attending my local community college, and I've decided to switch my major to Culinary Arts. Now, let me explain - I know that I don't want to enter the insane world of restaurant work, but I love food, and I am hoping to shape a career out of my love & talents.
But am I nuts to try this? This is my love, my passion - I'm making this decision late in life - my experience was raising four kids on practically no money - used my creative abilities (went to art school back in the Dark Ages) to produce decent meals, since we certainly couldn't afford eating out much - some weeks, I hardly could afford groceries!
As a result, today, I usually bake my own bread everyday (it's difficult for me to make a small portion of anything, now that some of my kids are out of the house - but I realize that this is, in no way, comparable to real job applications), roast my own coffee, whip up an everything-from-scratch menu on holidays and even most days. I do most of this by hand - lack of money has also built my intuitive skills. I've noticed that in the past few years it's become much easier for me to do all of this - at some point lots of it became, well, duck soup... unfortunately, I don't have enough of an audience even on holidays - I love putting meals together (esp. my bakery creations). (I was very happy that one of my daughters was around when I finally achieved both a crusty outer crust and, even more important, that ever sought after crumb in my french baguette - she understood my insanity - and appreciated my success - hooray!!)
I am concerned, however - despite all of this, it seems as though my window of job opportunities will be very small. I could see myself eventually managing a small goat-cheese operation, bed & breakfast, writing about food (yeah!) or conducting food based tours - but I am getting frightened that this is way outside the realm of practical (maybe it's just the voice of my mom - God rest her soul - shouting at me that I'm too much of a dreamer!)
Any thoughts, chowhounds?