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About CIA

Welcome to the Culinary Institute of America for Enthusiasts

Like all of us at CIA, you love everything about food. That’s why we created offerings just for you to release your inner chef, eat some amazing food, and celebrate special occasions.

Started in 1946, CIA has long been recognized as the world’s premier culinary college dedicated to excellence with world-class faculty from around the globe and state-of-the-art facilities. So, it was a natural step to bring our expertise to food enthusiasts—like you—who already recognize your passion for the art and craft of food, wine, and spirits. Learn more about our story and the history of CIA.

Imagine stepping into the same kitchens where renowned CIA alumni like Amanda Freitag, Michael Symon, Cat Cora, Grant Achatz, and Enrique Olvera first learned everything from proper knife skills to laminating the perfect croissant to the art of building flavor.

Now it’s your turn. Take a hands-on multi-day Boot Camp or single-day class with CIA chefs. Dine in our student-staffed, faculty-led restaurants. Create a memorable food-centric event. Plan engaging corporate meetings. Take your love for food to the next level! With unique offerings at campuses in Hyde Park, NY; downtown Napa, CA; St. Helena, CA; and San Antonio, TX—there is something for all food fans to enjoy.

At CIA, a not-for-profit college, more than 90 percent of our students receive scholarships and other forms of financial aid. Your patronage helps support this important priority, ensuring students can realize their dreams of attending the world’s premier culinary college.

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