Any cook looking for a lifetime in the business will look abroad, where the path is respected as much as the finish line, says chef columnist Ross Midgley. (Getty Images)

BACK OF HOUSE: Cooking abroad for the long haul

I was asked by a good friend the other day the difference between cooking in North America and cooking in Europe, specifically why so many North American cooks still clamour at the opportunity to cook in Europe as a part of their culinary education.