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Your Life in Food Begins Here

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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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.

CIA culinary college students learning in the kitchen for their CIA degree.

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 learning: CIA student learning in a culinary science lab.

Next-Level Learning

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

Make an impact on your future with a master’s degree from the CIA.

Graduate Education

Make an impact on your future and the future of food with a master’s degree from the CIA. Advance your learning—and your career—with one of our three online programs in food business, sustainable food systems, and wine and beverage management. Designed with working professionals in mind, flexible online learning supported by short in-person residencies offer the best of both worlds. No need to put your life on hold.
Master’s Degree Programs >

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

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Full Campus Experience

Student clubs and activities, athletics and fitness, entertainment and’ll find it all at the New York campus.
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Students in the herb garden at the CIA at Greystone. This campus has a unique inspiring setting in California's wine country.

Unique, Inspiring Setting

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

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Spirited City Life

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


Open Houses

Don’t miss your chance to tour campus, experience a live cooking demo, and so much more!

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Campus Tours

Explore our beautiful campuses with a guided tour for prospective students.

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Online Open Houses

Learn more about our college from the comfort of your own home.

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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, CIA Culinary Science Bachelor's Degree alumnus and Culinary R&D Manager/Corporate Chef at Dole.

James Bickmore-Hutt

Culinary R&D Manager/Corporate Chef
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Tasha Mabin

Tasha Mabin

Catering Director
The Compass Group USA
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Camille Cogswell, CIA Alumni and Pastry Chef at Zahav Restaurant.

Camille Cogswell

Pastry Chef
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Ramona Nahapetian, CIA Applied Food Studies Bachelor's degree alumni and Office and Restaurant Accounts Manager, Masienda.

Ramona Nahapetian

Office & Restaurant Accounts Manager
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Roy Choi, CIA Culinary Arts graduate, chef, restauranteur, author and food truck pioneer.

Roy Choi

Food Truck Pioneer
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Adam Crocini, CIA alumni, and Global Head and Vice President of Food & Beverage for the Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton.

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

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

Culinary school students in the kitchen learning from CIA faculty who are 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.

CIA students in the forest listening to a professor. CIA faculty have a wide range of expertise beyond the kitchen.

A Wide Range of Expertise

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


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

As the world’s premier culinary college, the CIA does more than just cultivate the next generation of food and hospitality industry leaders; we also educate and empower current foodservice leaders to effect change in their businesses and communities. Our connections run deep, with ties to top universities, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and food authorities from around the world, recognized brands, cultural influencers, and more. Learn more >

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Personal and Professional Development

Learning is a life-long process, and the CIA offers multiple ways to continue to develop your knowledge and skills through professional training opportunities, certifications, and advanced degrees.
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Developing the Big Ideas

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

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Transforming Ideas into Reality

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

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

Guests at the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe, one of our 10 student-staffed 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 ultimate CIA foodie adventure—dining, classes, demos, entertainment, and food innovation in downtown Napa, CA.
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Food enthusiasts in the kitchen at one of the CIA's classes for foodies.

Public Classes

Hands-on and multi-day classes, where you can release your inner chef.
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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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Exciting things are happening at CIA campuses and beyond thanks to our dedicated faculty, students, staff, and alumni.
Check out these CIA headlines and more.

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The Culinary Institute of America Announces Advisory Committee Appointees

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and Board Chairman John C. Metz Jr. announced two new appointees to its advisory committees.
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Alumni in the News: October 2022

CIA alumni are always cooking up something interesting, and with a network of more than 50,000 strong, there’s never a shortage of highlights!
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The CIA Announces New Trustees

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) named two new trustees—both of whom are CIA alumni—to its board during its October annual meeting.
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CIA Copia’s Hestan Kitchen Luxury Experience for Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog

A luxury weekend for four in California’s Napa Valley, in partnership with Hestan, the cookware and appliance brand. This experience includes a private cooking class at The CIA at Copia with famed chef Thomas Keller.