The gentleman buying my current company started multiple restaurants and sold them for millions. He's in his upper 30's. The owner of Chilpolte sold out to McDonalds (the owner was a Chef) for gazillions after replicating the concept nationwide.
Franchising (being a franchisor) is fastlane so congrats to you on that thought process.
I have my own ideas too about restauranteuring which is part reason why I agreed to sell my business to this gentleman -- he is a restaurant guru and has been to the promise land.
There really is truth to "its not WHAT you know, but WHO you know"
As for having experience in the field, I don't.