CIA in California

  • Explore Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena

    CIA Greystone in St. Helena, California is one of the world’s most unique and inspiring places for culinary and wine education. Once home to the Christian Brothers Winery, the spectacular main building is the hub of activity at the CIA’s California campus. Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley, here you’ll be surrounded by world-class vineyards, growers, farm-to-table restaurants, and have plenty of opportunity for outdoor fun. In addition, you’re just a short ride from all the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer, from Michelin-starred restaurants to Giants baseball. Best of all, at CIA California, you’ll be part of a close-knit campus that feels like family.


    Associate Degree Programs Offered in California

    At CIA California, you’ll explore big ideas, learn practical skills, and be mentored by some of the best minds in food and academics. Our associate degree programs at our California campus follow the same in-depth curriculum as our main CIA campus in Hyde Park, NY. Here you’ll gain core knowledge and skills that are the foundation of everything you’ll do at CIA—and out in the food world.

    Culinary Arts—Build the foundation for your culinary creativity, from cooking methods to flavor principles to butchery. You’ll learn about sustainability, wellness, responsible sourcing, world cultures and cuisines…knowledge every future thinking food professional needs.

    Baking and Pastry Arts—Learn the techniques, ingredient function, and design principles behind everything from puff pastry to baguettes to entremets—and then envision and create your unique versions. You’ll also learn to prepare savory fare perfect for your own café.

    Campus Highlights:

    • Fifteen-thousand square-foot open teaching kitchens featuring state-of-the-art cooking suites and community dining tables.
    • Top-notch education facilities, including the Viking Kitchen, Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies, Ghirardelli Chocolate Discovery Center, Williams Center for Flavor Discovery, and Ventura Foods Center for Menu Research and Development.
    • Real-world experience in two award-winning, on-campus restaurants—Gatehouse Restaurant and The Bakery Café.
    • On-campus student housing at CIA Guest House and nearby Vineyard Lodge Housing Center.
    • Grab a bite with friends at The Terrace—a casual, student and staff only space that regularly unveils exciting new themed menu options.

    Take your degree to the next level—Complete your bachelor’s degree in Food Business, Culinary Science, or Applied Food Studies by continuing your studies at our main campus in New York.

    Already hold a bachelor’s degree?

    Advance your career with the CIA’s Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program (ACAP). Gain hands-on culinary expertise in only 30 weeks at CIA at Copia in downtown Napa.

    Seeing Is Believing

    There’s no better way to learn about CIA than by visiting our California campus. Explore campus on an informative tour conducted by our admissions staff, join us for an open house, or check out an online event.

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    Are you curious about what it’s really like to be a CIA student? We’ve got you covered. Our students are ready to answer the questions you haven’t asked anyone else, share their own personal experiences, and give you expert and genuine advice—because they’ve gone through it, too. Find out what it means to be part of the CIA family. Connect with someone now or see more students here!

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  • Contact Us

    CIA California
    2555 Main Street
    St. Helena, CA 94574
    Phone: 707-967-1100
  • Dining at a restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America in California.

    Dining at CIA California

    The award-winning restaurants at the CIA California campus are part of our students’ educational experience. Here students transform the freshest regional ingredients into amazing dishes that are sure to please.

    The Gatehouse Restaurant—Memorable cuisine perfectly paired with wine and legendary CIA hospitality. Reservations are suggested for Gatehouse Restaurant.

    The Bakery Café—Light café fare and classic and contemporary pastries and baked goods.