Best way to learn to cook like a pro?

I love cooking, but watching Top Chef and Hell’s Kitchen makes me want to up the ante a bit. Apart from reading/doing a bunch of recipes, what are some good sources for advanced cooking knowledge?
Work in a restaurant.
make mistakes on someone else’s nickel.
Food network helps you get the basics down, then you can either do culinary school or experiment on your own.

Work in a restaurant.

make mistakes on someone else’s nickel.

I was a grill chef at a chain similar to TGI Friday’s. My grilling skills = amazing.

How much does culinary school actually run?
top chef and hells kitchen arent real shows

i think cooking is an art. you can learn the basics of how to draw (brush strokes), but you just cant "learn" to get creative vision

i dont have creativity, so i consider myself a "cook" instead of a chef

watching stuff like iron chef (japan) teaches me a trick or 2, though

top chef and hells kitchen arent real shows

i think cooking is an art. you can learn the basics of how to draw (brush strokes), but you just cant "learn" to get creative vision

i dont have creativity, so i consider myself a "cook" instead of a chef

watching stuff like iron chef (japan) teaches me a trick or 2, though

Is Iron Chef Japan on anymore? I loved it and I’m just now "getting used to" America, but I lust for Hiroyuki Sakai and the others.
ive been watching it on the FLN i think. ive been warmed onto the american version too but sakai & company are badasses!

iron chef japan was so much better
Get the basics down. Culinary school is about $30k. In some ways it’s worth it but many things you can learn on the internet.

Start with stocks and [mother] sauces, consomme. It’s not just about how to make them but what all kinds of things you can do with them. These are the bases for most dishes.

You can also search youtube for how to make almost anything. Pay attention to the really quick and not too complex recipes. Most dishes shouldn’t take more than 10-15 mins because your customers won’t want to wait any longer than that. Some things you’ll learn to be quicker at through experience.

They don’t really teach you anything on top chef or hell’s kitchen, but Gordon’s fast food is pretty good.
WOW! I love that site, thanks a ton for posting it. I know what I will be doing for a while. Just reading and reading. Thanks again.