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Visit CIA's campuses in NY, CA, and TX...take a tour!
Visit our NY, CA, or TX Campus
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Join us for CIA baking & pastry arts open house event
March 28—A Special Open House
Interested in baking and pastry arts? Join us >
High School Seniors Join Us in NY on May 17
An Open House for High School Students
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You love food. And you’re pretty sure you want to make it your life. If this sounds like you, then The Culinary Institute of America is the only place you need to be. Only at the CIA will you get the immersive learning and industry connections that will prepare you to lead in the kitchen, the boardroom, or anywhere else you want to go in food.

At our heart, we develop and nurture a chef’s mindset in every CIA student and graduate—fulfilled, influential professionals who understand the importance of taste in leading sustainable change in the food world.

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CIA Degree Majors


So many career paths in food! Not sure what yours is yet? No worries.
College is all about exploring, and we’ll help you discover what’s right for you.

Core In-Kitchen Instruction

Core In-Kitchen Instruction

Culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. They’re at the foundation of all you’ll do here.
Associate Degree Programs >

Beyond the Kitchen

Next-Level Learning

Go deeper in the food world, with culinary science, applied food studies, hospitality management, or food business management.
Bachelor’s Degree Programs >

Next-Level Learning

Graduate Education

Further advance your learning—and your career—with our master’s degree programs in food business and wine management.
Master’s Degree Programs >


CIA Alumni are leaders in the food world.


A CIA degree spells success—our 50,000+ alumni are proof of that!
They’re not only accomplished chefs; they’re influential leaders in the food world.

James Bickmore-Hutt

James Bickmore-Hutt

Culinary R&D Manager/Corporate Chef
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Christine Langelier

Christine Langelier

Service Director
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Camille Cogswell

Camille Cogswell

Pastry Chef
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Ramona Nahapetian

Ramona Nahapetian

Office & Restaurant Accounts Manager
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Roy Choi

Roy Choi

Food Truck Pioneer
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Adam Crocini

Adam Crocini

Global Head & VP of Luxury and Lifestyle Food and Beverage
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“The first time I visited, I knew I had finally found a school that teaches the traditions of the world’s cuisines...It’s the best culinary school in the world.”
—Paul Bocuse, world-renowned chef and restaurateur

CIA Faculty have unmatched credentials


CIA faculty members have unmatched credentials.
Learn directly from the people who wrote the book on food!

Leaders in their fields

Leaders in Their Fields

Get valuable hands-on instruction from acclaimed master chefs, successful restaurateurs, wine experts, forward-thinking nutritionists, and many other food authorities.

A Wide Range of Expertise

A Wide Range of Expertise

Gain well-rounded, food-focused knowledge from accomplished historians, anthropologists, marketing and management experts, authors, and more.


CIA Campuses where everyone speaks food.


Be part of a vibrant campus and close-knit community,
where everyone speaks your language—food. And your dorm has a full-sized kitchen!

NY - Full Campus Experience

Full Campus Experience

Student clubs and activities, athletics and fitness, entertainment and’ll find it all at the New York campus.
New York Campus Life >

CA - Unique Inspiring Setting

Unique, Inspiring Setting

At our California campus, you’ll have fun exploring Napa Valley’s bountiful farms, vineyards, culture, and outdoor activities.
California Campus Life >

TX - Spirited City Life

Spirited City Life

Enjoy the energy and action of our Texas campus, set among the shops, restaurants, and attractions of San Antonio.
Texas Campus Life >


CIA is shaping the future of the food industry


We’re shaping the future of the food industry and driving change for a better world. You will too!

CIA Partnerships

Cultivating Change

The CIA and top universities and scientists together, nurturing a healthier, more sustainable, and delicious future.
Learn about our partnerships >

Thought Leadership Conferences

Developing the Big Ideas

Our thought leadership conferences guide the food industry toward the next wave of global change.
Check out our conferences >


Transforming Ideas into Reality

Our experts help foodservice operators translate science into innovative, practical strategies that drive their businesses.
Visit CIA Consulting >


Come taste, learn, expereince, and celebrate with us!


The CIA is a food lover’s paradise—a hub for tasting, learning, experiencing, and celebrating life.

CIA Restaurants and Cafés


Dine at our family of 10 student-staffed restaurants and meet the food leaders of the future.
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The CIA at Copia

The CIA at Copia

The ultimate CIA foodie adventure—dining, classes, demos, entertainment, and food innovation in downtown Napa, CA.
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Classes for Foodies

Public Classes

Hands-on and multi-day classes, where you can release your inner chef.
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Weddings and Events

Weddings & Events

Your event will be both inventive and unique when you tap into our 75 years of food and hospitality experience.
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The Brewery at the CIA, an educational microbrewery on the New York campus of the CIA, which has been honored as the New York State Brewery of the Year for 2019.
The CIA at Copia is thrilled to announce a new interactive 3D dinner show, Le Petit Chef™, in collaboration with the world-renowned artists of Skullmapping.™
A presentation of music & pictures will showcase the history of flying from man’s earliest attempts to space travel during the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra concert, “Flight.”


Admissions information event for students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America. Get your culinary school questions answered now!
Admissions information event for students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America. Get your culinary school questions answered now!
Admissions information and open house event for high school students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America.


CIA Students Think Like—and Learn from—Entrepreneurs

CIA bachelor’s students who take the Intrapreneurship concentration are decidedly entrepreneurially minded. Um, what? It means they’re interested in starting their own business (“entre”), or they want to apply that same drive to launch new products or operations within a corporation (“intra”). In their Introduction to Corporate Ventures course, students learn about leadership styles, customer […]

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Image of Kelsey Barnard Clark, CIA alumna and Top Chef Winner

“The only game plan I had going into Top Chef was to cook my food and be myself,” Chef Clark says. “If I win, I was going to win with what I do. ” CIA Alumni Bio Chef Kelsey Barnard Clark, executive chef and owner of KBC in Dothan, AL, was always interested in cooking. […]

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