According to MasterChef Canada's most recent winner it's never too late to start in the kitchen.
Sherwood Park's Beccy Stables defied all odds and won the competition with no professional culinary training or certification.
"You can learn so much from self-teaching," said Stables.
She learned many of her skills from watching family members and giving recipes her best shot. Even if the skill is not one people want to pursue professionally, she believes it's important to have. The first step is trying.
"I want to inspire young children and their parents to get into the kitchen again. I'm 19, if I can do it, anyone can do it."
Next step, be innovative.
"Stay creative. Think outside of the box and just do the type of food that you really like."
And finally, if it's your passion, pursue it. Cooking jobs are pretty common and if you're passionate it can open many doors.
After graduating with a diploma from Bev Facey, Stables helped her father with his tile-setting profession. But, the love for cooking never stopped. Before MasterChef Canada, she was planning on going to culinary school. After winning $100,000 in the competition, the plan has changed. The money will go towards starting her new company Bec Catering in Kelowna.
"I hope I can inspire inspire young kids, young adults to start cooking for themselves. It's a life lesson that people need to learn."
Beccy Stables on the MIX 107 morning show.