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 Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, world cuisines & cultures, and professional excellence & innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 48,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, 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.

  • The Culinary Institute of America

    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499

    845-452-9600

  • Cat Cora, CIA culinary arts alumni, is an Iron Chef, executive chef at Bon Appetit, and author.

    Spotlight On: Cat CoraAssociate Degree in Culinary Arts

    Cat Cora is known around the world as the only female Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. It was her culinary expertise and flair that enabled her to join the ranks of such Iron Chef luminaries as Bobby Flay, Mario Batali, and Masaharu Morimoto. As executive chef for Bon Appétit magazine, Cat brings that talent to bear every day. And these days she’s also become known for her humanitarian projects. In 2005, she co-founded Chefs for Humanity, a coalition of chefs and culinary professionals who raise funds and provide resources for humanitarian aid, nutritional education, and hunger-related initiatives.