I've known many people who work in food preparation without a culinary college degree. There are many different programs and it is likely you will be able to find one that fits your skills and needs.
Serah recommends the following next steps:
- Make a list of the culinary schools and programs near your residence.
- Make an appointment with two guidance counselors to find out the class requirements.
- Find a restaurant or other food service operation that you respect and describe three things you like about it.
- Talk to one person who has attended culinary school and ask them if it was a good investment for their career.