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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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Smiling CIA culinary school student in the kitchen.

MAJORS AND DEGREES

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 from a chef as part of their core in-kitchen instruction 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 front of house operations in a CIA restaurant.

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 >


 
Students attending a class for the CIA's Wine Management Master's Degree.

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 >


 



New CIA graduate holding up their diploma. CIA Alumni are leaders in the food world.


CIA ALUMNI

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
DOLE
Read bio >


 
Christine Langelier, Service Director at Eleven Madison Park and Culinary Institute of America Alumnus.

Christine Langelier

Service Director
ELEVEN MADISON PARK
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Camille Cogswell, CIA Alumni and Pastry Chef at Zahav Restaurant.

Camille Cogswell

Pastry Chef
ZAHAV RESTAURANT
Read bio >


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

Ramona Nahapetian

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

Roy Choi

Food Truck Pioneer
KOGI
Read bio >


 
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
HILTON
Read bio >


 

“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 Professor teaching in the classroom. CIA Faculty have unmatched credentials

INDUSTRY-LEADING FACULTY

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.


 



Culinary school students dressed as bacon and eggs on the CIA Campus, where everyone speaks food.


CAMPUS LIFE

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


 
Group of happy students at the CIA New York campus, where students enjoy the full college campus experience.

Full Campus Experience

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


 
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 Campus Life >


 
Students walking outside the CIA in San Antonio, TX - a culinary school campus where students enjoy a 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 >


 

Panelists on the stage of the Menus of Change Conference. The CIA is shaping the future of the food industry.

INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP

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


 
CIA Partners with top universities & scientists. A speaker presents on the Menus of Change University Research Collaborative.

Cultivating Change

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


 
speaker giving a lecture to a group at one of the many thought leadership conferences by the Culinary Institute of America.

Developing the Big Ideas

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


 
A CIA Consultant working with a foodservice professional.

Transforming Ideas into Reality

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

 



Place setting at a CIA restaurant. Come taste, learn, expereince, and celebrate with us!


RESTAURANTS AND FOODIE EXPERIENCES

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.

Restaurants

Dine at our family of 10 student-staffed restaurants and meet the food leaders of the future.
Learn more >


 
People dancing at an event at The CIA at Copia, the ultimate foodie adventure in Napa, CA.

The CIA at Copia

The ultimate CIA foodie adventure—dining, classes, demos, entertainment, and food innovation in downtown Napa, CA.
Learn more >


 
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.
Learn more >


 
Long table with guests making a toast at one of the CIA's event venues for weddings, meetings and gatherings.

Weddings & Events

Your event will be both inventive and unique when you tap into our 75 years of food and hospitality experience.
Learn more >


 

News

Adam Crocini, the global head of food and beverage strategy for Hilton’s luxury and lifestyle brands, returned to his alma mater as commencement speaker at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on November 26.
Thomas Kacherski, owner and executive chef of Crew Restaurant & Bar in Poughkeepsie, NY, spoke of the importance of discipline during his commencement address at the New York campus of the CIA on November 8.
From now until November 22, you can order both sweet and savory items from the CIA’s Apple Pie Bakery Café to complete your holiday meal.

Events

Dec
10
Admissions information and open house event for students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio.
Dec
10
Instant Decision is an event for students wishing to transfer to The Culinary Institute of America. Get your culinary school questions answered now!
Dec
11
Admissions information event for students wishing to apply to The Culinary Institute of America. Get your culinary school questions answered now!

Blog

Overcoming Challenges Head-On—In the Kitchen and in Life

I entered Roth Hall dressed in my kitchen whites when I felt the inspection of many sets of eyeballs gravitating toward me. Anxious and uncertain of myself, I rushed down the hall so as not to prolong the inevitable. You see, I was born with only part of my left arm—it stops just before the […]

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Jules Esposito: Hospitality Personified

CIA Student Bio “My CIA education is furthering my knowledge and scope of the industry each day to put me one step closer to where I need to be.” How did you become interested in food and hospitality?           Growing up in an Italian family, my earliest food memories seem to all revolve around food. […]

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