• Welcome to the CIA, 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 seven decades.

    Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 CIA alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

    The college has truly changed the way the world looks at food. Read on to learn how the CIA has inspired excellence throughout the food world by leading the way.

    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


  • Duff Goldman, CIA baking and pastry alumni, is owner of Charm City Cakes, and has hosted the hit Food Network shows, Ace of Cakes and Sugar High.

    Spotlight On: Duff Goldman '98Baking & Pastry Arts

    Duff Goldman, renowned for his innovative creations at his Charm City Cakes in Baltimore, MD, is one of the most sought-after cake makers in the country. He has been bringing his unique style of baking to a national television audience as the host of the hit Food Network show, Ace of Cakes.
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