The requirments for admission to the cia are in fact listed on their web site at www.ciachef.edu
. My recommandation is to work for a locally owned restaurant that has a high status is your community and a chef that is willing to take you under his or her wing. Ofcourse you need to tell them that you plan on attending the CIA and how long until you leave.
It is best to work in the most intense kitchen you can, so that you can see what you are getting youself into. The Culimary industry is stressful and at times can be very unpleasent. If you really are planning on making it your career, you need to live it and decide that all the c**p you are going to go through is worth it. I personally love the excitement and the drama. It is a challange worth working on.
On another note, if your a female its ten times harder. I recently talked to an other female grad in the same town and even though she has alot more expirence than myself. she doesn't even want to work in our town. The area that I have a restaurant in is a good ol' boys town. I took over the only restaurant that was owned and operated by a female. Although the industry is changing there is still alot that need to happen.
I don't want y'all to think that I'm trashing the industry, I'm not. I love it with all my heart and wouldn't want to work in any other industry. I just think that anyone who plans on spending up to 90 grand on an education in it need to understand the dedication it requires from them.
Anyway i'll get off my soap box now