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From banking executive to head chef at 64

Posted Jul 01 2008 4:11pm

ChefAre you considering an 'encore' career?  Here's some inspiration for you...

When Joel Orner was offered a buyout from his job as vice president of a California bank at age 64, he jumped at the opportunity.  A keen cook, he enrolled in classes at the School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena and, despite having to study longer for exams (because of struggles with his short-term memory) and the fact that he was having to work harder than he had ever worked at any job, he loved every minute of it.

Four years later, Orner is an executive chef with the Los Angeles Yacht Club.  He earns 70% less than he did in banking and often works longer hours, but says he'll be a chef 'until he drops'. Read his story here.

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