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  • Boot Camp FAQs

    How skilled do I need to be in the kitchen to be successful at Boot Camp?
    Our only pre-requisite for Boot Camp is a passion for food and a willingness to learn. If you enjoy cooking and want to enhance your skills, we have a camp that is right for you.

    Which Boot Camp is right for me?
    Although our Boot Camp programs are designed to accommodate all levels of expertise, we highly recommend you start your CIA training off with our Skill Development or our Basic Boot Camp.

    Beyond the basics, we have camps which focus on individual interests.
    View all of our Boot Camp offerings.

    How much independent or team work can I expect?
    Boot Camps are designed to provide an equal level of team and independent work. During your Boot Camp experience your chef-instructor will designate teams; however, you will be expected to produce menu items/recipes within your group on a daily basis.

    What is a typical daily schedule?
    Boot Camp schedules vary according to your class and length of program. See below for a general outline. Please note that times are subject to change.

    Sample Boot Camp Schedule (PDF 103 KB)

    When will I receive my course materials?
    Course materials are provided upon your arrival—although our Boot Camps are intensive, this is a culinary vacation, so no need to do any homework before you arrive.

    Do I have to do dishes?
    Absolutely not! We will provide you with information on how to respect your cookware, but we do not expect you to wash dishes.

    Should I bring my own knives/tools?
    Many of our campers prefer to bring their own knives and tools; the equipment needed for class will be made available for use during your program.

    The CIA also offers tools kits from our Masters Collection® series at a special Boot Camp price. Learn more about our Boot Camp tool kits >

    What do I wear as a Boot Camp participant?
    When you enlist in Boot Camp, the CIA will supply you with a chef's uniform, consisting of a jacket, pants, and a neckerchief. Chef's hat, apron, and side towel will also be provided. For uniform size information, please click here.

    Shoes worn during food production must be made of firm leather with an anti-slip sole. Please note that sneakers and open-toe shoes are not permitted.

    What is the meal plan/package for dinner?
    At a minimum you will be served breakfast and lunch on each day of your program, dinners vary between campuses and the different Boot Camp offerings.

    Are there any special accommodations available for the physically challenged?
    Yes, please alert our customer service staff and we will work with you to accommodate your needs.

    Where's the closest airport?
    For travel information to our campuses, please visit the following pages:

    Where do I stay during my visit? Do you offer on-campus accommodations?
    The CIA does not have accommodations on-campus; however, there are a variety of choices within 10–15 minutes of all our campuses.

    Please visit the following pages for more information on accommodations:

    How do I get back and forth to the campus from my hotel?
    When attending Boot Camps on any of our campuses we recommend renting a car.

    Take advantage of the special discounts offered by Avis Rent-A-Car—to receive the exclusive CIA professional development Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD), call Avis Rent-A-Car at 1-800-331-1600 and mention code number B834999.

    What is the dress code for the restaurants?
    Business or country club casual (collared shirt and dress or chino-style slacks) attire is preferred. No jeans or sneakers, please.

    Where should I park and where do we meet on the first day of class?
    Please see your appropriate class location link below.

    What happens if I have to cancel a class?
    Our tuition refund policy is as follows:

    At least 15 days prior to the start date—Full refund

    Fourteen days or less prior to start date—we'd be happy to transfer you to another date; however, no refunds will be available.