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Travel to Chicago for Culinary Boot Camp

You don't have to live in Chicago to enjoy our Culinary Boot Camp! Students travel far and wide for the opportunity to learn how to cook in just one week. To accommodate those traveling from out of town, The Chopping Block is pleased to offer discounted hotel rates at Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North, just adjacent to the Merchandise Mart where our school is located.

Located atop River North Point presenting the best views of the Windy City, this full-service hotel has newly redesigned guestrooms, stellar service, premium amenities, and the best parking value in Chicago. The downtown location in our hip River North neighborhood puts you near shops, restaurants, attractions, and the Loop, the city's central business district. Plan a visit to Chicago to learn how to cook, and save on your stay at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North.

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There are two ways to book:

Please note that special rates may not be available during high demand and blackout dates for the hotel. If you have trouble booking the special rates, please email info@thechoppingblock.com and we'll do our best to assist you.

Hear from a student who traveled from Ohio for our Culinary Boot Camp:

"I completed the one-week Culinary Boot Camp 1 in May 2015 and had an absolute blast. Though I don't have many years of cooking experience, I knew this was a skill I wanted to improve on this summer. The 40-hour intensive was a perfect way to delve into culinary school. Food and cooking had always been important to me, and this experience has truly changed my life.

From Knife Skills to flavoring to food presentation, I've learned an incredible amount of information in such a short time. My class was 6 students, and we had 2 chefs per day instructing us. Everything was hands-on, and all of the food we created was ours to eat and share!

I came from Ohio especially for this course, and thought I'd be the only one traveling from far. Turns out I was actually closer to Chicago than those traveling from New York, Texas and Wisconsin! No matter where you're coming from, it's definitely worth your while.

I never thought I'd be able to master a Chocolate Soufflé until now. I can't wait to cook for my friends and family. A huge thanks to The Chopping Block for an unforgettable experience."

~Toral V. from Cincinnati, Ohio via Yelp


Hear From Our Clients
“This comprehensive week long class far exceeded my expectations! I signed up for Culinary Boot Camp 1 to improve my cooking techniques as well as to gain a better understanding of the how's and why's behind cooking. By the end of the week, I left feeling more confident in my cooking abilities and am now using the techniques I learned t culinary delights.”

- Lori Wester, Culinary Boot Camp 1 Graduate

“I have always dreamt of going to culinary school, but worried if it would be a mistake to invest the money and years of my life, without ever having set foot in a professional kitchen. What if I didn't like it?" Veronia LaPinske, Culinary Boot Camp 1 Graduate Food blogger Veronica LaPinske was at a crossroads in her life. In order to get a better understanding of what professional culinary school would entail, she enrolled in Culinary Boot Camp 1 and documented her experience in her blog, Culinary Boot Camp 1 Graduate.”

- A Cook’s Canvas.

"They don't baby you at all. It's definitely a supportive environment. Obviously there's no yelling, throwing pots and pans. And it's really cool to see everything come together from the beginning stages." Ellie Graham, Culinary Boot Camp 1 Graduate. Can you really learn to cook in just one week? The Chicago Tribune followed a mother and daughter team through our week-long program as they whisked, butchered and tasted their way to culinary enlightenment. They were looking to pick up a few skills, but what they found was that once you learn a few basics, cooking is easy."

 - Read the article.