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C.I.A. Boot Camp

Jim P Oct 5, 2007 11:40 AM

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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    clk Oct 11, 2007 03:36 PM

    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
      Jim P Oct 11, 2007 05:12 PM

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

    2. NYchowcook Oct 11, 2007 07:21 AM

      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.

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        DGresh Oct 6, 2007 03:20 PM

        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--

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          lucyis Oct 6, 2007 03:04 PM

          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
            Jim P Oct 11, 2007 06:57 AM

            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.

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