I LIKE being a chef. I DIDN'T LIKE being a lobbyist.
I have friends who are caught in management positions, or other work they hate who point to me as the one who got out. After fifteen years in human services/disability rights activism (hence the lobbyist position) I made the leap and now am happily working 60 hour weeks, making enough to pay my part of the mortgage, electric and heat (the food is awesome and well taken care of).
Don't stay in work you hate. Start planning your getaway NOW. Its worth it!!