After a reasonably successful 25-year career in IT, I left to wash dishes. AMA.
In November 2009, I was pulling six figures. In September of this year, I began my new professional culinary career in the dish pit. I've since been promoted to prep cook, and I have every reason to expect a bright future. Proof of identity (and more background and details) at my username dot com. AMA.
Edit: Okay, I have to get ready for work. I'll be back on by midnight EST or so to see if there's anything interesting and not yet covered. Thanks for all the great questions!