The Culinary Institute of America

  • The CIA in San Antonio, TX

    Explore The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, Texas

    Centrally located in the heart of the American Southwest, The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio is a welcoming community of students, instructors, and alumni who have a deep commitment to the culinary arts and a kinship with those who practice them. The CIA has been a trusted leader in providing outstanding culinary education since 1946, and the college’s Texas campus offers the same proven education programs, innovative curriculum, and expert CIA faculty as our world-renowned main campus in Hyde Park, NY.

    The CIA San Antonio offers associate in occupational studies degree programs with majors in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also provides professional development for those already in the industry or career changers, as well as a wide selection of programs for food enthusiasts, from one-day courses to week-long Boot Camps. All of our programs are for anyone with a passion for food—from students striving to become the next Charlie Palmer (CIA Class of ’79), Grant Achatz (CIA Class of ’94), or Cat Cora (CIA Class of ’95), to professionals looking to advance their skills and food lovers seeking the best in education for the home cook.

    Each member of the CIA faculty is a talented educator drawn from more than 170 expert chef-instructors and professors across three U.S. campuses. The person leading class could be an acknowledged master of the culinary or baking and pastry arts or an expert in management or wine studies. That person might also be a winner of the Culinary World Cup or a Culinary Olympics Gold Medal, a published author, or a featured chef in Bon Appétit, Nation’s Restaurant News, or Food & Wine. All of our faculty members are dedicated teachers whose industry credentials and experience are unmatched in culinary education.

    The CIA San Antonio is housed in a 30,000-square-foot building at the Pearl site near downtown. The facility combines the realism of the professional foodservice environment with an ideal educational setting focusing on student learning and outcomes. Five state-of-the-art teaching kitchens and a professional bakeshop are designed to provide modules and stations at which students can perform their lab exercises and be observed and coached on an individual basis. The Latin kitchen, unlike any other in the world, features both indoor and outdoor cooking facilities. Students also benefit from other educational facilities that include demonstration theaters, a computer lab, the Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons, and a library.

    The college’s on-campus restaurant, Nao: New World Flavors, is dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and celebration of the authentic cuisines, cultures, and bounty of Latin America in a modern, dramatic setting. Students present unique flavors inspired by iconic ingredients and indigenous preparations in a contemporary style. Discover the new pop-up CIA Bakery Café created by the CIA’s baking and pastry senior class under the direction of Certified Master Baker Alain Dubernard and Pastry Chef Jenny Placette ′10. Open for breakfast and lunch, you can opt to dine in or take out your selections. The Bakery Café offers sweet and savory delights that are sure to please!

    Set among restored 19th century buildings once part of the Pearl Brewery, the CIA San Antonio campus is as diverse as the culinary world itself. Located on the San Antonio River Walk just north of downtown, the 20-acre Pearl Brewery site is an exciting cultural center filled with restaurants, shops, services, and special events.

  • The CIA San Antonio

    312 Pearl Parkway, Building 3
    San Antonio, TX 78215


  • NAO New World Flavors

    Dining at the CIA Texas

    Nao restaurant at the CIA San Antonio plays a role in our students’ educational experience. Reservations are suggested.

    Nao: New World Flavors Dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and celebration of the authentic cuisines, cultures, and bounty of Latin America.

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