I just applied to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park for baking and pastry arts. I sent in my application, 500 word essay and my transcripts should be shortly on their way to the culinary. I also added a photo portfolio of some dishes I had cooked during the week (was not required just thought I would add a little extra). I still have to send in my recommendation letters (I am sending in three instead of one, again not required just a little extra.) The only concern I have is I have only been working at my food experience job for a month but administration at the Culinary said I did not need to even have any food experience when I applied but I have a month completed out of the 6 required before we can enter the school and I will for sure have at least 6 months completed by the time I enter the school (if I get in that is). So with all that being said I was just wondering if my chances of getting into the CIA are good and if the CIA is a hard school to get into. I really want to get into this school, it would mean a lot to me so if anyone can help me out and/or give me advice on what else I can do to greater my chances that would be amazing. Thanks so much!