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

Lance Nitahara '08,CIA Lecturing Instructor—Culinary Arts, CIA New York campus

Faculty Bio: Lance Nitahara ’08

Culinary Arts
Lecturing Instructor—Culinary Arts
Education and Credentials: PC III, CEC, CPC, CHE

BPS, AOS, CIA, Hyde Park, NY. AA, AA, The Culinary Institute of the Pacific, Honolulu, HI.

Professional Experience:
Chef-Instructor, Flint Hills Technical College, Emporia, KS. Culinary Artist-in-Residence Executive Chef, Chelsea Music Festival, NYC. Executive Chef, CAMP-of-the-WOODS Christian Resort and Conference Center, Speculator, NY. Apprentice/Commis, 2007 Certified Master Chef Exam. Stagiere, Chez L’Èpicier, Montreal, Canada. Cook II, The Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, WV. Executive Chef/Co-Owner, The Good Life Catering LLC, Honolulu. Sous Chef, El Capitan Lodge, Prince of Wales Island, AK. Garde Manger Cook, Baker’s Assistant, Latitude 22, Manoa, HI.

Sous Chef, Iron Chef America, Food Network, 2011. ACF Silver Medal, Schenectady Culinary Classic, 2011, 2010. Winner, Chopped, Food Network, 2010. High Impact Leader Scholarship, CIA, 2007–2008. Marc Sarrazin Trophy for Best Seafood Display in Show, Salon of Culinary Art, NYC, 2007. ACF Bronze Medal, ACF Professional Chef’s Super Challenge (Mystery Basket), Delhi, NY, 2007. ACF Gold Medal, Salon of Culinary Art, NYC, 2006. ACF Silver Medal, Hawaii ACF Culinary Expo, 2005. Outstanding Culinary Arts Student Award, The Culinary Institute of the Pacific, 2005. ACF Student Silver Medal, Western Regional ACF Conference Culinary Competition, 2005. ACF Student Gold Medal, Hawaii State ACF Conference Culinary Competition, 2004.

Culinary Judge, SkillsUSA and ProStart Competitions. Captain, KCC ACF Hot Food Culinary Competition Team, 2004.

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