CIA Culinary Institute Of America

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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.

  • New York Branch

    1946 Campus Drive Hyde Park, New York
  • San Antonio Branch

    312 Pearl Parkway, Building 2, Suite 2102, San Antonio

Courses offered by CIA Culinary Institute Of America


Hors d'Oeuvres

Whatever you want to call them-hors d'oeuvre, appetizers, tapas-small bites are true partygoer favorites. Join us in the kitchen and learn the techniques and recipes for preparing a varied selection of impressive bite-sized treats that are just as perfect for your next get-together.

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Baking At Home (The Desserts)

Whether you are a total cookie rookie or an aspiring bake sale VIP, this one is for you. Come join us for this hands-on class where you'll learn the fundamentals of the most essential baking techniques, like pie dough, mixing methods, and custards.

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Italian Cooking

Pasta may be Italy's most popular contribution to world food, but Italian cuisine is far more diverse than just pastas and sauces. Italian Cooking at Home explores the amazing variety of foods and flavors across every region of Italy, from little snacks and tidbits (spuntini).

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Mexican Favorites (South of the Border)

Take a culinary tour of Oaxaca, Yucatán, Bajío, and the Gulf of Mexico in this one-day exploration of Mexican cuisine, one of the most dynamic and flavorful in the world.

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Sharpening Your Knife Skills

They say a chef's best tools are his or her hands, but a good, sharp knife is a close second. In this hands-on class, you'll learn all about kitchen knives, from selecting the right one for the job, keeping it sharp, and how to use it.

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