Monday, June 26, 2006

Roughing It

Basic Training Site At Roth Hall -- Hyde Park, New York

Yes, I'm baaack! And this time, to remind you former TV talk show junkies of the 90s that if you really and truly liked those "tough love" episodes featuring a bunch of hapless ne'er-do-wells who needed to be whipped into shape, the same applies in the culinary world as well. Yes, you guessed it... Culinary Boot Camp sponsored by none other than the good folks at the CIA (pictured above).

Founded in 1946, the CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA (gotcha!) is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelors and associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts. Courses for food service professionals are offered at the college's main campus in Hyde Park, New York, and at its branch campus for continuing education, the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, in St. Helena, California.

And, of course if you don't have the time to be called everything from a hopeless kitchen muppet, to a useless pile of...(oops, sorry -- that would be the last episode of Hell's Kitchen over on the Fox Network, wouldn't it?). Anyway, you can always pick up a copy of the recent book penned by the CIA and Martha Rose Shulman titled Culinary Boot Camp: Five Days of Basic Training at The Culinary Institute of America .
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A close friend recently went through this basic training course and shared some fascinating details -- and in this particular case, they were all favorable. So no doubt, this might be an experience I'll be jotting down on my own to-do list real soon.

Stay tuned. Meanwhile there's more information about the Boot Camp and other CIA programs here.

Good Monday, and happy summer (yep, it's finally here!), one and all. Peace.

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