Journey For Juniors

  • A Small Taste of Your Big Future in Food

    The CIA will not be hosting any Journey for Junior events in Summer 2021. In the meantime, we encourage you to check out our virtual visit resources and online events. Future juniors, start planning for an action-packed Summer 2022!

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    So you’re a high school student thinking about a career in food. And you’re interested in the CIA. Join the club! The food world is filled with more opportunities and career paths than ever before.

    Here’s your chance to get a sneak peek during an exciting CIA culinary summer program. At Journey for Juniors, you’ll spend an action-packed Friday and Saturday on our Hyde Park, NY campus getting to know all about the CIA, the food industry—and yourself.

    What to Expect at Journey for Juniors

    • Take part in fun programs like an interactive cooking demonstration and tasting. (Yes, you’re really here, learning from a CIA chef!)
    • Meet other high school juniors (maybe even your future classmates!) from all over the country.
    • Learn all about the hot career paths and cool CIA majors you can choose from.
    • Practice your “Yes, Chef!” as you cook and bake for the very first time with CIA chef-instructors in our professional kitchens and bakeshops.
    • Get the lowdown on what it’s like to be a CIA student from the source—our current students.
    • Enjoy amazing CIA food and hospitality, including dinner prepared and served by CIA students.
    • Walk around campus and imagine yourself here, for real, in a year or less!


    To participate in the Journey for Juniors summer program for high school students, you must:

    • Be at least 16 years of age and be considering a culinary or baking and pastry career. You must have completed your junior year in high school and be entering your senior year in the fall following the program date.
    • Have one parent or legal guardian accompany you. Your parent will take part in all aspects of the program, with the exception of the kitchen class on Saturday.

    Request more info and we’ll notify you as soon as registration opens for Summer 2022.


    Please contact Ron Knoth, admissions counselor, at 845-451-1509 or Ronald.Knoth@culinary.edu.