• Culinary School in Texas

    Explore The Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio, Texas

    Centrally located in the heart of the American Southwest, The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio is a welcoming community of students, instructors, and alumni who have a deep commitment to the culinary arts and a kinship with those who practice them. The CIA has been a trusted leader in providing outstanding culinary education since 1946, and the college’s Texas campus offers the same innovative curriculum and expert CIA faculty as our world-renowned culinary and baking and pastry arts programs in Hyde Park, NY.

    CIA Texas Academic Programs

    The CIA San Antonio offers:

    Our programs are for anyone with a passion for food—from degree students striving to become the next Charlie Palmer (CIA Class of ’79), Grant Achatz (CIA Class of ’94), or Cat Cora (CIA Class of ’95), to professionals looking to advance their skills to enthusiasts seeking the best in education.

    CIA Texas Faculty

    Each member of the CIA faculty is a talented educator drawn from more than 170 expert chef-instructors and professors across three U.S. campuses. The person leading class could be an acknowledged master of the culinary or baking and pastry arts or an expert in management or wine studies. That person might also be a winner of the Culinary World Cup or a Culinary Olympics Gold Medal, a published author, or a featured chef in Bon Appétit, Nation’s Restaurant News, or Food & Wine. All of our faculty members are dedicated teachers whose industry credentials and experience are unmatched in culinary education.

    CIA Texas Alumni

    A CIA credential is highly sought-after by foodservice and hospitality employers, and the college’s 49,000-strong network of alumni—many of whom are industry leaders and innovators—is a testament to that.

    CIA Texas Facilities

    The CIA San Antonio is housed in a 30,000-square-foot building at the Pearl site near downtown. The Texas campus combines the realism of the professional foodservice environment with an ideal educational setting focusing on student learning and outcomes. Five state-of-the-art teaching kitchens and a professional bakeshop are designed to provide modules and stations at which students can perform their lab exercises and be observed and coached on an individual basis. The Latin kitchen, unlike any other in the world, features both indoor and outdoor cooking stations. Students also benefit from other educational facilities that include demonstration theaters, a computer lab, the Learning Strategies Center/Library Learning Commons, and a library.

    Visit the CIA in Texas

    Located on the San Antonio River Walk just north of downtown and set among restored 19th century buildings once part of the Pearl Brewery, the CIA San Antonio campus is as diverse as the culinary world itself. Come take a taste!

    • Dine at Nao Latin Gastro Bar. Imagination is key to the exploration of Latin American cuisine and beverages at Nao Latin Gastro Bar. Every day is a culinary adventure and an opportunity to share a meal, a story, and the company of good friends. Come savor the excitement at Nao!
    • Learn from the best, in fun classes for food and wine enthusiasts.
    • Sample the CIA education experience during two-hour cooking demonstrations with our chef-instructors.
    • Discover (depending on the time of year you visit) sweet and savory delights in the pop-up CIA Bakery Café created by our baking and pastry arts students under the direction of Certified Master Baker Alain Dubernard and Front-of-the-House Instructor Jenny Placette '10.

    And after your CIA experience, you can explore the rest of the 20-acre Pearl Brewery site, an exciting cultural center filled with restaurants, shops, services, and special events.

  • Apply for Early Action at CIA

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  • The CIA San Antonio

    312 Pearl Parkway, Building 3
    San Antonio, TX 78215


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    Dining at the CIA Texas

    Nao Latin Gastro Bar at the CIA San Antonio plays a role in our students’ educational experience. Reservations are suggested.

    Nao Latin Gastro Bar Imagination is key to the exploration of Latin American cuisine and beverages at Nao Latin Gastro Bar. Every day is a culinary adventure and an opportunity to share a meal, a story, and the company of good friends.

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