Reduced Hours and Activities During Late July/August

We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that amazing changes are underway at the CIA campuses during the summer and our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Please note that classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 20, 2018. Classes will resume on August 21.


  • The Admissions Office at all three campuses will be open to welcome prospective students and their families.


  • Since many of our restaurants rely on our students for the full CIA dining experience, please refer to for the most up-to-the-minute information.
  • At the New York campus, all restaurants will be closed during this period.
  • At the CIA at Greystone in St. Helena, California, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At the CIA at Copia in Napa, California, The Restaurant at CIA Copia and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Nao will be closed.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

Ciana Patterson, CIA baking and pastry arts student, was the recipient of the Joseph and Anne McCann Scholarship, the Guest Services Endowed Scholarship, the Partridge-Invitation Endowed Scholarship and the CIA Faculty/ Staff Endowed Scholarship.

Student Bio: Ciana Anais Patterson

Bachelor's Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts Management '11
"If not for the CIA scholarship program, I wouldn’t have finished my associate degree, let alone be pursuing my bachelor’s degree."

The Beginning

Technically, I shouldn’t be here. Immediately after a complicated birth, I was placed on a respirator. The doctors told my mother that I wouldn’t  make it through the night. Mom prayed and the next morning was told that even though I had turned a corner, if I ever came off the respirator, I’d have diminished mental  capabilities, limited  mobility, and serious health  problems. A month later I was beating their predictions to begin a normal, healthy childhood.

Mom sometimes worked three jobs to make ends meet. I wanted to help her so I started cooking by mastering the microwave. I quickly worked my way up to bigger and better things. After three years of undergraduate studies at Texas A&M, with my eye on Harvard Law School, I realized that it was baking that brought me the greatest joy. I had wanted to go to the best law school but found my true calling was at the best culinary college.

College Highlights

In addition to the incredible education I’ve received, I truly enjoy the campus community at the CIA. I’m a member of the Culinary Christian Fellowship and the Black Culinary Society, and serve as chapter president of the Eta Sigma Delta honor society. I derive satisfaction from the charity events we sponsor including: Coats for Coffee—collecting winter  clothing for those in need; Giving Tree— providing holiday gifts for children living in shelters; and Casino Night—raising funds for Astor House Shelter for abused women and children. The way I see it, I’m blessed. Through others’ generosity,

I was able to go to Texas A&M and to the CIA. Now I seek out opportunities to help others and to give back.

Outside Interest/Hobbies

As a young child, I was on soccer teams. Even now, I still enjoy soccer and basketball. I work out and exercise up to two hours every day. It’s an investment in myself because I know that the stronger and healthier I am, the more focused I can be at work.

Hopes for the Future

I’m getting married after graduation! We’ll be living in Las Vegas and working at a hotel. I don’t want to be the next Duff, but I admire how he’s helped elevate cakes to an art form. I want to make beautiful cakes for weddings and special occasions and make people happy.

The Impact

A week before I concluded externship, I fell asleep while driving home from visiting my mother. I was extracted from the wreckage with the “jaws-of-life”—once again beating the odds and surviving. The medical bills from the accident wiped me out; all my savings for school were gone. If not for the CIA scholarship program, I wouldn’t have finished my associate degree, let alone be pursuing my bachelor’s degree.

Contact Us

The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Drive
Hyde Park, NY 12538-1499
Phone: 845-452-9600