Culinary Boot Camp 1

at The Chopping Block at the Mart - River North

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$2,145 2 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Oct 28, 8:30am - Nov 01, 4:30pm (5 sessions)

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River North, Downtown/Loop
222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza Ste 107
At W Kinzie St
Chicago, Illinois 60654
A non-refundable 10% fee is applied for the operational and administrative costs incurred by TCB
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 20

What you'll learn in this professional cooking class:

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!

Day One:
  • In depth lessons in knife skills
  • Fish butchery
  • Understanding how to purchase and prepare fish
  • Making fish stock
  • Emulsion sauces
  • Fish cookery including poaching, roasting and sautéing
Day Two:
  • Chicken and beef butchery
  • Understanding primal and sub-primal cuts of meat
  • How to select meat
  • How to tell when meat is done
  • Stock making
Meat cookery including braising, sautéing, stuffing, roasting and grilling
Day Three:
  • In depth lessons in soup making including French onion, gumbo and clam chowder
  • Understanding the "mother sauces" and how to apply them to everyday cooking
  • Preparing vinaigrette
  • Balancing flavors
Day Four:
  • Egg cookery including omelets, over easy and soufflés
  • Vegetable cookery including sautéing, roasting and grilling
  • Working with dried beans
  • Selecting and working with potatoes
  • Selecting and working with grains such as arborio rice, quinoa and cornmeal
Day Five:
  • Understanding taste vs. flavor, the five basic tastes, herbs vs. spices
  • Selecting olive oils and vinegars
  • Honing and practicing the techniques from the week by preparing two dishes of your choice
  • Plating skills
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Refund Policy
A one-week notice is required for cancellation of any class. If you do not cancel by telephone at least 1 week in advance of your scheduled class, we will charge your credit card in full for the class. Please feel free to send a friend in your place if you cannot attend and it is within one week of the class as no refunds will be available. All classes also have a non-refundable, non-transferable 10% fee for the operational and administrative costs incurred by The Chopping Block. This service fee will not be refunded and cannot be transferred in the case of any cancellation.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
8:30am - 4:30pm TBD 5 $2,145
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Tue, Oct 29 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Wed, Oct 30 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Thu, Oct 31 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Fri, Nov 01 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
8:30am - 4:30pm TBD 5 $2,145
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Tue, Jan 28 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Wed, Jan 29 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Thu, Jan 30 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Fri, Jan 31 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
8:30am - 4:30pm TBD 5 $2,145
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Tue, Feb 25 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Wed, Feb 26 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Thu, Feb 27 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD
Fri, Feb 28 8:30am - 4:30pm TBD

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