The Culinary Institute of America

  • Welcome to THE WORLD’S PREMIER CULINARY COLLEGE

    "Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and the culinary arts has The Institute." —Craig Claiborne, Celebrated Author and Food Critic, The New York Times

    The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for more than six decades.

    Founded in 1946, the CIA is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of professional excellence, health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines and cultures through research and conferences. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

    Read on to learn how the CIA has inspired excellence throughout the food world by leading the way: in the Education of students, in the Elevation of the culinary profession, through the Innovation of thought leadership, and through Collaborations on critical food and industry issues. In all these ways, the college has truly changed the way the world looks at food.

    The CIA Mission:

    The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) is a private, not-for-profit college dedicated to providing the world's best professional culinary education.

    Excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity are the core values that guide our efforts.

    We teach our students the general knowledge and specific skills necessary to live successful lives and to grow into positions of influence and leadership in their chosen profession.

  • Daniel Medina, CIA culinary arts student, feels that the CIA delivers; professors and chef-instructors provide much information and hands-on experience to culinary school students.

    Spotlight On: Daniel MedinaBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management

    I have been interested in the culinary industry since I was 15 years old. My parents saw my passion for food and have supported me every step of the way. For me, this is a lifestyle not just a career.
  • The Culinary Institute of America

    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499

    845-452-9600