I was thinking about doing one of the week long CIA classes this summer. Has anyone done one? Any experiences to note? They sound like fun but I worry that it might be too geared toward the total beginner. I am no expert but I know a fair bit about about food and cook a lot. Can anyone comment as to the experience level and content?
There was a post about this CIA NY program not long ago. Someone who'd attended chronicled the week of "Culinary Boot Camp" which is what I assume you are asking about. If you are referencing the programs at CIA Greystone in Napa, CA, that is a different thing altogether.
I took the ProChef Certification course from CIA at Greystone. I'm not in the food industry, but a friend of mine who is, got me into the class with a group of people from his company. It was a week I'll never forget. I thought I knew a little about food until I took this course. http://www.ciaprochef.com/prochef/