Welcome to the CIA

    The World’s Premier Culinary College

  • The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education since its founding in 1946. With campuses in New York, California, and Texas, and an additional location in Singapore, we offer master's, bachelor's, and associate degrees; certificate programs; and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. In addition, our conferences and consulting services have made us the think tank of the food industry.

    Our Vision​

    Food is at the heart of our existence. Beyond sustenance, ​it is fundamental to cultures and deserves to be a source ​of joy for all people, families, and communities. We seek ​to better understand and promote its relationship to health, ​the environment, and a vibrant, equitable economy.​

    Our Mission​

    The Culinary Institute of America is dedicated to bettering the nation and the world by means of outstanding education, practice, and scholarship on all aspects of food and the enterprises related to it. Through a transformative learning experience, the CIA prepares future food leaders, innovators and experts for personal and professional success.​

    Our Values​

    The CIA is a private, not-for-profit college, guided ​by the core values of Excellence, Leadership, ​Professionalism, Ethics, and Respect for Diversity.​

  • History of the CIA

    Our Story: The History of the CIA

    For more than seven decades, the CIA has been at the forefront of innovation and education excellence. From humble beginnings as a storefront cooking school in New Haven, Conn., to multiple campuses around the world today, it’s been a remarkable story defined by amazing achievements, academic and professional excellence, diverse and accomplished individuals, and great food!
    CIA Leads the Way

    CIA Leads the Way

    Because the CIA is renowned for its academic excellence and culinary expertise, we are often the ones driving important conversations in the food industry. These topics range from health and wellness to world cuisine to sustainability and eco-friendly solutions. Our programs and conferences advance not only the food profession, but the way the world eats.
    CIA News and Media

    News and Media

    Check out remarkable stories, media resources, and engaging videos about the CIA or connect with our expert chefs and instructors.
    CIA Students Faculty and Alumni

    CIA Students, Faculty, and Alumni

    Students from all over the world enrich our campuses with their diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, faculty members bring big-time industry chops and expertise to their roles as valued teachers and mentors, and our global network of more than 50,000 alumni includes leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs in every corner of the food business.
    CIA Administration


    Led by CIA President, Dr. L. Timothy Ryan ’77, the President’s Cabinet includes leading experts in culinary education, student affairs, strategic planning, and alumni support.
    Meet Sting: The CIA’s New Mascot

    Meet Sting: The CIA’s New Mascot

    We sat down for an exclusive interview with Sting to learn first-hand how this global citizen came to “bee” the CIA’s new mascot.
    Diversity at the CIA

    Diversity at the CIA

    The CIA is a wonderfully diverse community, an inspiring melting pot of students, faculty, and staff representing every U.S. state and 30-plus countries around the world.
    CIA Social Media

    Let’s Connect

    Want to stay connected with the CIA? Become a friend on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, watch our YouTube videos, or check us out on Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr. We’re everywhere!
    Job Opportunities at the CIA

    Working at the CIA

    The CIA seeks to hire diverse, talented, and passionate people who embody our core values of excellence, leadership, professionalism, ethics, and respect for diversity. In addition, we offer an exciting, supportive workplace, avenues for professional and personal growth, and a range of career opportunities.
  • Contact Us

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

    Alumni Spotlight

    Amanda Freitag '89
    Judge for The Food Network
    It’s hard to believe that a Food Network Chopped judge and runner up on The Next Iron Chef could fail her first practical exam at the CIA, but it’s true.
    Grant Achantz, CIA culinary arts alumni, is Chef/Owner of  Alinea, Next, The Aviary, and The Office.

    Alumni Spotlight

    Grant Achatz ’94
    Chef/Owner of Alinea, Next, Roister, The Aviary, and The Office
    An enthusiastic proponent of molecular gastronomy, Achatz created a kitchen “laboratory” at Alinea.
  • Food is big business, and you won’t find business education anywhere as food-focused as the CIA’s.
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