I can’t explain how you feel you do something and see it on paper. One of my recipes was featured in a cookbook along with other amazing chefs I got to meet.
Being an Executive Chef is beyond any commitment you will ever make in your life, short of marriage and babies. My position at present finds me training and inspecting about 30+ Executive Chef's and restaurant management on food and beverage safety. I myself was a long time chef in the industry. The dedication and commitment is something you really must think hard about and plot out a career path that gets you to where you want to go. But here are the basics of the actual life you will lead.
Once you reach Executive Chef status (maybe 5 to 10 years if working hard in the industry) you will not have weekends off. You will not have any holiday off. You could be making between $85K to $110K a year. It will interfere with relationships. It will interfere with family obligations. At 40+ years in the industry, I often think back to the choice I made to be a chef. So it's really hard to give you a straight answer. If leisure time or family time or free time is high on your priority list for your future then I would look at a M-F 9 to 5 gig that will give those things to you. Chef's work 11+ hours a day 6 or 7 days a week. It can be a brutal job BUT if the benefits are important to you. Like finances or name recognition or creativity, etc then you can justify your culinary dreams. Good luck in your decisions