The CIA San Antonio is home to a diverse and energetic community of people with one common passion: food. Whether you’re a student seeking a culinary or baking and pastry arts degree, an entrepreneur hoping to succeed in the food business, or a home cook wanting to expand your skills, you’ll feel welcome here.
Our San Antonio campus offers:
The quality of our faculty is one of the top reasons the CIA is the world’s best culinary college. All of our 150+ faculty members across three U.S. campuses are dedicated and talented teachers, each possessing a unique set of skills and experiences that they’re eager to share with you. The person leading your class might be an acclaimed master chef, an executive from a major food business, the owner of a world-famous restaurant, a published author, or a master sommelier.
The CIA San Antonio is housed in a 30,000-square-foot building at the dynamic Pearl site near downtown. Located on the San Antonio River Walk and set among the restored 19th century buildings of the former Pearl Brewery, the campus features a one-of-a-kind Latin kitchen with both indoor and outdoor cooking stations, plus five other teaching kitchens and a professional bakeshop. Demonstration theaters, a computer lab, the Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons, and a library round out the education resources.
Come pay us a visit, and while you’re here be sure to stop in at our student-run Nao to explore the drama created by cooking with live fire. And you might also treat yourself to one of the sweet or savory goodies created by our baking and pastry arts students in the pop-up CIA Bakery Café if you time your visit right. We expect to “pop up” again in early 2018—watch our Texas campus restaurants page for upcoming opening dates.
Nao at the CIA San Antonio plays a role in our students’ educational experience. Reservations are suggested.
It’s all about fire and heat at the CIA’s restaurant at the Pearl Brewery. At dinner, the open kitchen makes it easy for diners to experience the drama created by cooking with live fire. The contemporary menu offers creatively re-imagined dishes and a highly curated beverage program. This world-class restaurant is operated by students about to graduate from the CIA’s degree program. They work under the supervision of highly experienced chef-instructors and maître d’instructors.