• Read our FAQs for CIA's culinary boot camps
  • Boot Camp FAQs

    Are there age restrictions for Boot Camp?
    Please review the age requirements for attending our food enthusiast classes.

    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 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.

    View a Sample CIA Boot Camp Schedule (PDF)

    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?
    The equipment needed for class will be made available for use during your program.

    The CIA also offers tool kits 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 jacket and chef’s hat. You are required to bring your own black trousers or checkered chef’s pants. Please, no sweat pants, jeans, or yoga pants. An apron and side towel will be provided daily. More on uniform size information.

    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.

    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:

    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?
    Please read our cancellation policy >

    Who are some of the instructors who teach enthusiast classes?
    Meet your instructors >

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