CIA in Texas

  • Explore the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio

    San Antonio is all about community, on campus and off. It’s an amazing, friendly city pulsing with Latin American-infused culture and cuisine, and our commuter location in the heart of the Pearl District drops you squarely into the action. Attracting a unique blend of future chefs, food lovers, and established culinary leaders, our CIA Texas campus is packed with food-focused activities and events that ignite your knowledge of Latin American cuisines and food traditions. Connect with friends through activities like barbecue and garden clubs, Sugar Rush, Habla Fresca Lecture Series, or take part in the city’s Paella Challenge. At CIA Texas in San Antonio, you’re sure to find a small and inclusive community where you’ll really get to know your instructors and make lifelong friends.


    Associate Degree Programs Offered in Texas

    At CIA Texas in San Antonio, 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 Texas 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

    Located on the San Antonio River Walk and set among the restored 19th-century buildings of the former Pearl Brewery, the CIA’s 30,000-square-foot main building features:

    • State-of-the-art teaching kitchens and a professional bakeshop providing modules and stations where students can perform lab exercises and be observed and coached on an individual basis.
    • The Latin Cuisines Kitchen is unlike any other in the world, and features both indoor and outdoor cooking stations. The kitchen captures the heritage of Latin America, with Talavera tile walls, a wood-fired oven, a Latin Foods demonstration theater, and six cooking suites.
    • The CIA Texas library is a 2,300-square-foot space that includes a collection of more than 4,500 cataloged books. Students can also gain remote access to the college’s leading culinary library at our main New York campus.
    • The computer lab features PC workstations with various software applications, including Microsoft Office and ESHA Food Processor.
    • The Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons provides students with opportunities to enhance their skills and develop study strategies for success. It offers a wide array of services, including tutoring, disability services, testing accommodations, and mentoring programs.
    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.

    Seeing is Believing

    There’s no better way to learn about CIA Texas than by visiting our commuter campus. Explore our San Antonio location on an informative tour conducted by our admissions staff or join us for an online open house.

  • Speak to a Student

    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!

  • Take a Virtual Tour of CIA Texas

  • Learn about CIA’s El Sueño Culinary Scholarship in San Antonio, Texas

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  • Contact Us

    CIA Texas
    312 Pearl Parkway, Building 2, Suite 2102
    San Antonio, TX 78215
    Phone: 210-554-6400
  • Exterior of Savor at CIA San Antonio

    Dining at CIA Texas

    The award-winning restaurant and pop-up café at CIA Texas are part of our students’ educational experience. Under the guidance of our world-class faculty, students transform the freshest ingredients into truly unique and memorable dishes.

    Savor offers contemporary American fare like you’ve never tasted before—our carefully curated menu puts an innovative twist on classic dishes using ingredients and techniques from around the world. Reservations for Savor are suggested.

    Discover the pop-up CIA Bakery Café created by CIA’s baking and pastry senior class under the direction of Certified Master Baker Alain Dubernard. The CIA Bakery Café offers sweet and savory delights that are sure to please.