I recently saw an ad for the "New York Culinary Experience" at the FCI, and immediately thought that it'd be a great birthday present for my dad, a professor by day and home chef by night. However, when I saw the price tag of $1500, it didn't seem terribly feasible. I'm trying to find something similar, but for about a thousand dollars less, give or take. Hopefully an alternate, cheaper weekend culinary experience is available, but even highly recommend class at one of the culinary schools would be good. Any ideas?