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Oct 5, 2007 11:40 AM

C.I.A. Boot Camp

I received a gift certificate, for the CIA in Hyde Park to attend one of their boot camps. Looking at the website they have many offerings from 1, 2 and 5 day classes. Has anyone attended and if so which class and any recommendations? I'm thinking about either a 1 day Tapas or the 2 day Skill Development class. Thanks for the help.

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  1. When you do go will you please report. I have wondered about these classes. BTW, that was a very nice gift!

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    1. re: lucyis

      I will report, once I go. I am most likely signing uo for the Skill Development. Also your right it was a very nice and special gift.

    2. I'm not sure I'm reporting on exactly the things you're considering, but I did the three Saturday "american bounty" and the three Saturday skills-development. Of the two I preferred the first--- the second, somewhat inexplicably, seemed to include several people who "couldn't boil water" and others who wanted to tell everyone about their fancy new kitchen in their second home "upstate" (I have exactly one home, about an hour south of the CIA)-- personally if I had it to do over again, i might try the "see what you can do with this market basket"-- if they still have it--- get rid of the neophytes and other annoying people--

      1. I did a one-day Roasting and Grilling boot camp, which I thought was very helpful and great fun. Yes, I have roasted many a chicken in my day, but I finally learned how to to truss one right, how to make an excellent sauce. My partner at least was quite adept, and we had alot of fun.
        Lecture on technique and then into the (fabulous!) kitchen w/ multiple stations partnered and cooked up a storm. Got some, but not alot, of attention from chef teacher. And then we feasted on our food!
        I would love to go back for the weeklong boot camp.

        1. I took the five-day Skill Development boot camp course last fall, and I have to say,
          it was one of the best experiences of my life! The boot camps seem to be addictive-
          we shared the kitchen with the Boot Camp French class, and pretty much all of them
          were on their second or third (or fourth) boot camp.

          I can't wait to go back, I just need to choose which class to take. And of course,
          scrape together the money to do so.

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          1. re: clk

            Thanks for the info. I'm going to take the 2 day course but they all look so good.