The best way to learn is by doing, and you won’t find a better place to get a professional hands-on education than at the CIA. Not only will you master mise en place—a cornerstone to CIA student success in the kitchen—you’ll also develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills through an academic curriculum that’s grounded in the business of food and its impact on the world. Sharpen your focus with a paid internship semester at one of more than 2,000+ CIA-approved world-class organizations (spanning every segment of food and hospitality). Then further your real-world experience in nine award-winning public-service restaurants—#OnlyAtCIA.
If a future in food is your passion—you’ve just found your dream school! Hands-down—the best hands-on education is here at the CIA.
Our faculty literally wrote many of the definitive culinary books—including, The Professional Chef. Other colleges teach from it, but the experts are here.
Get a real-world experience in an award-winning setting, with our nine student-run, public-service restaurants located in major food and wine destinations.
Gain exclusive access to the best college career fair in the world of food—hundreds of the very best restaurant and hospitality companies come to you three times a year, every year to hire CIA grads.
Join the food world’s most powerful alumni network with over 50,000 food industry leaders and change makers in all corners of the world.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of becoming a culinary professional or you’re looking for career advancement, you’re in the right place! Make the most of your skills, knowledge, and life experience by earning a CIA degree or certificate—backed by our worldwide reputation for excellence and extraordinary faculty. We’ll help you reach your career goals no matter where you are in your career and education path:
We’re dedicated to developing future leaders of the food and hospitality industry. A degree from the CIA not only pays back immediately but grows over time vs. any culinary degree that you could pursue from a degree-granting culinary college.
At the CIA, you’ll find all the ingredients you need to create a college experience that’s uniquely yours—guided by your passions, your interests, and your imagination. Each of our campuses offers a distinct flavor, a unique feel; yet at every one, you’ll be part of a tight-knit, diverse community of students and instructors from all over the world and all walks of life, united in your shared passion for food. Get an up-close look at the CIA from home—check out our virtual tours and online events >
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