First a cook then a chef
If you are interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field this is likely the track that you will take.
You will start out as a cook — following existing recipes and learning to effectively execute on the individual skills and techniques. You will learn how to use a knife. How to bake and grill and fry and braise. How to make sauces and stocks and brines. How to salt and season and marinade.
After years of immersing yourself into the culinary world as a cook you will emerge as a chef. You will begin to feel a connection between the individual skills and techniques you learned over the years. You will express yourself creatively by developing your own recipes — taking your cooking to new and exciting places. People will travel from all over the world to visit your restaurant and eat your food.
First a cook then a chef. You can always taste it when people have skipped the first step.