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.

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Culinary News from The Culinary Institute of America

Altamarea’s Michael White Addresses CIA Graduates

Hyde Park, NY – Michael White, chef and owner of New York City-based Altamarea Group, was keynote speaker at graduation ceremonies at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on April 13.

The Altamarea Group includes 15 highly acclaimed restaurants in four countries. Its flagship, Marea in New York City, holds two stars from the Michelin Guide, won the James Beard Foundation Award in 2010 for Best New Restaurant, and was rated the number one Italian restaurant in New York City by the Zagat Survey for four straight years. Chef White also earned a Michelin star with Ai Fiori in midtown Manhattan.

In addition to restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC, Altamarea Group opened Al Molo in Hong Kong, The Chop Shop in London, and Ristorante Morini in Istanbul. The company also runs the food and beverage operations for the Bedford Post Inn in Westchester County, a Relais & Châteaux property co-owned by actor Richard Gere.

Chef White is a five-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef: New York City. He is the author of Fiamma: The Essence of Contemporary Italian Cooking and co-author of Classico e Moderno: Essential Italian Cooking.

The entire graduation ceremony, including Chef White’s address to 69 recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, can be seen online.

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Michael White, chef and owner of New York City-based Altamarea Group, delivered the keynote address at the associate degree graduation ceremony at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on April 13, 2017. Chef White has two Michelin stars at Marea and one at Ai Fiori. (Photo Credit: CIA/Phil Mansfield)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; and executive education through its Food Business School. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of 49,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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