I love cooking and like 50% of the Italians abroad I'd like to turn that into a profession someday (catering? food stall? gastro pub?), but would hate to see that becoming something that ties me down and suffocates me, the same way my current job is doing now. To the point that I might not even ever try.
Are you planning to stop off anywhere and work for a while? If you want to be in the food biz my advice would be to get experience working in a busy restaurant kitchen, at any or many levels. You'll either love the environment, learn a lot and thrive on the buzz of service or realise that the reality is far from what you imagined and that maybe it's not for you. Running your own place obviously brings with it a lot of additional responsibilities/pressures too.
I'm certainly not trying to put you off and many great chefs have turned their favourite thing to do at the weekend in to a career, but better to avail yourself of as much info as possible before making any big decisions!