Read Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential (a tad dramatic) or Michael Ruhlman's "Chef" Series.
There is a difference between being able to handle a knife to make a great meal and being a chef. You can go to school, but stay in the medical field and make money. That way you can afford to throw big dinner parties and amaze your friends.
One of my favorite quotes from "Kitchen":
"Whachoo want, white boy? Burn cream? A Band-Aid?
Then he raised his own enormous palms to me, brought them up real close so I could see them properly; the hideous constellation of water-filled blisters, angry red welts from grill marks, the old scars, the raw flesh where steam or hot fat had made the skin simply roll off. They looked like the claws of some monstrous science-fiction crustacean, knobby and calloused under wounds old and new. I watched, transfixed, as Tyrone - his eyes never leaving mine - reached slowly under the broiler and, with one naked hand, picked up a glowing-hot sizzle-platter, moved it over to the cutting board, and set it down in front of me.
He never flinched."
"Love Us with Money, or We'll Hate you with Hammers!" - Milk & Cheese