Now that you’ve been admitted to the CIA, you’re about to embark on a robust academic and professional journey. Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to start your career with the knowledge and experience that today’s top employers are seeking.
As an admitted student, you’re required to adhere to standards of professionalism prior to and during your time at the CIA:
The CIA is committed to enhancing the professionalism of the foodservice and hospitality industry. As such, all of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni share pride in their work, workplace, and appearance. Remember that it takes only a few moments to dress and behave like a professional—yet this positive impression makes a lasting impact on colleagues, employers, and customers. Regardless of whether you are studying at the CIA, the following standards of professionalism are expected of anyone who wishes to be regarded as a professional in the food world.
When not wearing your chef’s uniform, you must wear business-professional attire while in all academic buildings (this includes orientation). Learn the dos and don’ts of The Culinary Institute of America dress code:
Your chef’s uniform is included in your tuition costs, but remember that you must supply your own pair of kitchen-appropriate shoes. They must be black, slip-resistant, have an enclosed heel, and be sturdy. Learn more about how to respect your uniform:
For more information about the CIA dress code, check out the college’s Professionalism, Uniform, and Hygiene Policy in the CIA Academic Catalog
To give you a head start at the CIA, below is a list of selected reading material. Please note this is not required reading but you may find some of these materials useful. Feel free to contact our Craig Claiborne Bookstore for assistance or call 1-800-677-6266 or 845-452-7648.