Have you always wondered what it would be like to go to culinary school? The Chopping Block’s Culinary Boot Camp 1 gives you a taste of a professional culinary program without the lengthy time commitment or heavy financial burden. Culinary Boot Camp 1 explores all the fundamental methods of cooking, from basics to advanced techniques. Each day builds on the previous day and on the last day, you’ll tie everything together to plan and produce a menu with your classmates that incorporates all of the techniques you’ve learned throughout the week. After just five sessions, you’ll go home with a foundation of fine-tuned cooking skills.
This program is suitable for students of all skill levels. Beginners will learn the basics and come away with the confidence to cook independently. Those with some cooking experience will broaden their culinary knowledge, hone their skills, and acquire valuable tips and insight so they can take their culinary ventures to a new level. It’s a great opportunity to improve upon your skills with an experienced chef at your disposal. You’ll learn from a different chef each day so that you get different perspectives and tips from their professional cooking experience.
Each day's session combines the chef's lecture and demonstration with individual hands-on execution of recipes that feature the essential techniques in modern cooking. At the end of the day, you and your fellow students will serve your finished dishes and enjoy a cooking roundtable, engaging in an informal discussion and review of techniques and culinary topics.
It's a total immersion experience! You’ll know just what it is like to be a culinary student in our kitchen classrooms.
Culinary Boot Camp 1 is offered several times each year at The Chopping Block at the Mart. The course is five consecutive days, Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. We also a Sunday session from 9am-5pm for five consecutive Sundays at both of our locations. Please see below for all week-long Culinary Boot Camp 1 options in 2019.
Upon completing Culinary Boot Camp 1, each student will receive a Certificate of Completion from The Chopping Block. Please note this class has a 2-week cancellation policy.
Traveling to Chicago for Culinary Boot Camp? We have secured special hotel rates at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North located adjacent to the Merchandise Mart. Get more information.
Bestselling author, podcaster, blogger, public speaker, influencer, wife and mother Jen Hatmaker recently attended Culinary Boot Camp in June 2018. She wanted to "invest in my own creativity for no other reason than the love of it is new territory."
Location: Merchandise Mart
Monday 7-15-19 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Monday 8-19-19 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Monday 9-9-19 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Monday 10-28-19 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Location: Lincoln Square
Sun 7-14-19 (5 wks) 9AM - 5PM
*A non-refundable 10% fee is applied for the operational and administrative costs incurred by TCB on all cooking classes.
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- Lori Wester, Culinary Boot Camp 1 Graduate