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Old 02-03-2007, 09:04 AM   #11
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Here's the brochure: http://www2.ciachef.edu/pdf/fe_bootcamp_brochure.pdf

It is about $2000 + their knive pack might be mandatory but I don't know. Heck, I'd buy it! I thinks it's $400-500.

I'm wondering if housing is supplied or discounted in anyway. We know the meals were were outstanding...
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:22 PM   #12
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Glad you had such a wonderful experience!
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Old 02-03-2007, 12:27 PM   #13
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What an awesome experience!!!
I can see the excitement in your postings!

The techniques - wow! What a small price to pay for something you'll use forever, and the fact that hubby went too!!! Phenominal.

I'm so glad you were able to do such an enjoyable and valuable thing!
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Old 02-03-2007, 02:14 PM   #14
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The housing wasn't included, unfortunately.... BUT, you don't have to worry about meals !

We went with two other friends, a mother and daughter team. So we shared a Marriot Residence Inn suite, two bedrooms, two bathrooms. The college has a listing of hotel rooms where you get a discount, I believe it was 15%, but I didn't know that until I got there.

The knife pack looks really nice, but we brought our own stuff. They had a lot of equipment right there. Our own "kits" included:
  • chef's knife (any kind or size with a guard)
  • paring knife (with a guard)
  • a sharpening steel
  • veggie peeler
  • measuring spoons (with a ring so they don't get lost)
  • wooden spoon
  • digital instant thermometer (the type that has a clip on the cover)
I labeled everything before I got there, to be sure they wouldn't get lost. There was an AWESOME store just up the road called, "The Kitchen Drawer". They had these very very nice salespeople, who were actually CIA students. For a small amount of $$, I can't remember how much - I didn't get it done - you can get your chef's knife engraved with your name and/or get a small ruler engraved on the blade as well. A lot of my fellow students had it done to their knives. Plus, they sharpened them for free, if you did the engraving.

Yeah, the class was expensive. Especially since we both went. But this was a once in a lifetime opportunity - that we could go together. The timing was perfect for both of us. A few of the students got the class as a Christmas gift! The chef said that the sell out of the classes months ahead of time. We just figured, you go on vacation once a year, spend tons of money, and what do you go home with? This was a couple of year's worth of vacation money, but look what we came away with!!!!

If anyone can go, I'd really recommend it!!!

BTW - for those that asked, San Francisco has a bread class that is simliar. If anyone is interested, I'll post the link. Hopefully one day we plan on going to that one! (it's much less expensive! )
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