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

  • Eddie Ledesma, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Vice President of Operations, RAVEN Wine Management Systems, LLC.

    Spotlight On: Eddie LedesmaBachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts Management

    Like many CIA freshmen, Eddie Ledesma arrived on campus with aspirations...
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