If you enjoy cooking, don't become a chef. It's an almost sure-fire way to ruin your passion. It's a shitty lifestyle; you work when everyone else is playing. The pay sucks in 99% of the cases, even for talented chefs, and the hours are atrocious. Going abstract, nobody knows what the fuck to do with their life. The trick is realizing you don't have to. In the meantime, pay the bills. If you get hooked up to some degree with financial aid, take a few courses. You don't have to go full-time. Just try to spark an interest, with particular attention paid to math and science. The only mainstream consideration I'll reiterate is that the ability to do medium-high to high-level math is slowly but surely turning into the one tool that separates the educated middle class from the upper-middle and beyond. If you can do math, all the high paying mainstream careers are very real possibilities.