We love to welcome campus visitors, but before you make your plans, please note that our visiting hours and restaurant hours may be affected.

Classes for degree and certificate program students at all of our U.S. campuses will not be in session from July 27–August 19, 2019. Classes will resume on August 20.


  • 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 www.ciarestaurantgroup.com 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, CA, The Bakery Café by illy will be open, but Gatehouse Restaurant will be closed.
  • At The CIA at Copia in Napa, CA, The Restaurant at CIA Copia, Grove, and Contimo Provisions will be open.
  • At the Texas campus, the CIA Live Fire Kitchen will be open Thursday–Sunday, and Savor will be closed.

Shopping, Classes, and More for Enthusiasts

Certified Master Chef (CMC) Mark Erickson is provost at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Cabinet Bio: Mark Erickson '77

Education and Credentials: MBA, BS, AOS, CMC

Certified Master Chef Mark Erickson is provost at The Culinary Institute of America. In this role, Chef Erickson oversees all aspects of the college’s culinary programs.

He is a frequent presenter at industry events and conferences, where he shares unique perspectives of the global food industry, drawing from both academic and practical experiences.

An honors graduate of the CIA class of 1977, Chef Erickson was director of culinary education at the Hyde Park campus from 1988 to 1990. Prior to that, he held both faculty and department head positions at the CIA. His career also includes serving as chef garde manger of the Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland; executive sous chef of the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, WV; sous chef of the Everglades Club in Palm Beach, FL; and executive chef of Cherokee Town and Country Club in Atlanta, GA.

A native of Alexandria, MN, Chef Erickson was a member of the gold medal-winning United States Culinary Olympic Teams in 1980, 1984, and 1988, and part of the U.S. team that won the 1985 Culinary World Cup. He earned Crystal Chef honors by having the highest score in the 10-day Certified Master Chef examination administered by the American Culinary Federation in 1985.

Chef Erickson holds a bachelor of science degree in restaurant & hotel management from the University of New Haven and a master of business administration from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Contact Us

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