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CIA Releases New Drone Footage

New Film Brings Viewers Inside the CIA's Headquarters

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Stephan Hengst

Hyde Park, NY, November 13, 2014 – There is no longer any need for clandestine operations to get a deciphered look inside the CIA. New drone footage released by the CIA provides an unprecedented glimpse at the not-so-secret Hyde Park, NY campus of The Culinary Institute—the “other” CIA. The footage provides inside intel for aspiring chefs, food lovers, and alumni, offering a view of the CIA unlike any they’ve ever seen before—from high above.

Spanning 170 acres along the majestic Hudson River, the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America was originally a Jesuit seminary named St. Andrew-on-Hudson. Today the campus features more than 40 professional kitchens and bakeshops, an 800-seat theatre and conference center, a 100,000-square-foot Student Commons, four public restaurants, four dormitories, six lodges, and three townhomes, all of which serve to educate and house more than 2,000 students who have infiltrated, um, matriculated.

The video was shot by Scott D. Snell of XFactor Aerial/Ellenbogan Creative Media during the second week of October and has now been declassified for public viewing.

You don’t need to be a secret agent to experience the world’s premier culinary college from the air; just watch the footage on YouTube. To learn more about the CIA’s degree programs and public offerings, visit us online.


Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and

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