• 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

    Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education for more than seven decades. With four campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore, we offer bachelor’s degrees in food business management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education programs. We also offer certificate programs and courses for food and wine professionals as well as enthusiasts. Our conferences and consulting services have made us the think tank of the food industry, and our worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in every area of the food business.

    Our 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


    The Culinary Institute of America
    1946 Campus Drive
    Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
    Phone: 845-452-9600
  • Kyle Wagner, CIA culinary arts student

    Spotlight On: Kyle Wagner '16Associate Degree in Culinary Arts

    I became interested in becoming a chef because my parents loved to cook. They cooked quite frequently, which then led to them entertaining with our family friends. I saw how food brought people together and wanted to make it a career.