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

Acclaimed NYC Restaurateur Returns to the CIA

Thomas Carter ’04 Addresses Graduates at His Alma Mater

Hyde Park, NY – Thomas Carter, co-owner of one of the world’s best restaurants, delivered the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on June 16. The 2004 CIA graduate is a restaurateur who co-owns the New York City-based Matter House restaurant group, which includes Estela, Café Altro Paradiso, Flora Bar, and Flora Coffee.

Estela opened four years ago and this year was ranked number 66 in the world on the World’s Best Restaurants list. In 2014, it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for Best New Restaurant and made the Bon Appétit magazine Hot 10 Restaurants list.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from the CIA in culinary arts management, Carter cooked at several top-tier New York restaurants, then turned his attention to wine and management. Before partnering with Chef Ignacio Mattos to open Estela and the other Matter House restaurants, Carter was beverage director for Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY for six years.

The entire CIA graduation ceremony, including Carter’s address to 71 recipients of CIA associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts, can be seen online.

Photo Caption and Hi-Res Image:

CIA management graduate Thomas Carter ’04 returned to his alma mater to deliver the commencement address at the New York campus of The Culinary Institute of America on June 16, 2017. Carter’s New York City restaurant Estela was named one of the top 100 restaurants in the world for 2017. (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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