Check the percentages of the schools' graduates hired in the industry and what they are doing. Not all schools producing top chefs going to high paying jobs. Some are preparing highly qualified burger flippers.
Depending on your location there are several institutes at your disposal, but be forewarned they are not cheap.
Yes, save lots of money, the better ones are very expensive.
take cooking classes in your school, good back ground
sure, good luck, it's a great career field
Good if you knew where to go and what do you want to be! Chefs make a good money, either work or own a resto.
get with an old cook and get lessons now. Basics kitchen skills are a plus. Volunteering if you must.