Build Your Passion into Pastry

Looking for a creative career with a sweet payoff? Dream of running your own bakery or café? If so, your passion is tailor-made for the CIA Baking and Pastry Arts degree program. Master the techniques, ingredient function, and design principles behind everything from puff pastry to baguettes to entremets—and then envision and create your own unique versions. If a future in food in your passion—you’ve just found your dream school! 

Hands-down—the best hands-on education is here at the CIA.

Your Time Is Now
Fire Up Your Future at the CIA


Most Powerful 
Alumni Network

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.

Best College Career Fair

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.

Real-World Experience

Get real-world experience in an award-winning setting with our nine student-run, public-service restaurants located in major food and wine destinations.

Industry-Leading Faculty

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 the Hands-On Advantage at CIA

The CIA has been educating the world's premier master chefs, master bakers, executive chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs for almost 75 years. Our alumni go on to transform the culinary scene on a local, regional and global level in all corners of the world. With more than 1300+ hand-on kitchen and bakeshop hours and courses that are 100% focused on food—get ready to make your own mark with the hands down advantage you gain from the CIA.

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.

Invest in Your Future—You’re Worth It!

You’re going to love it at the CIA because no matter where in the world you come from, you’ll be surrounded by people who totally get you.  And no matter where or how high you want to go in your food career, the CIA will prepare you for it all.

You’ve Found Your Place


The training and the background I received at the CIA gave me the tools to become a great chef. The lessons I learned, I still use every day. Pastries are not just about baking; they also represent culinary arts.

Kamal Grant ’04
Chef/Owner, Sublime Doughnuts

Going to the CIA is like having a passport to the entire world. You can go anywhere. I can't recommend the CIA highly enough. The chefs you'll be learning from are some of the best in the world…it's the best school in the world.

Duff Goldman ’98
Ace of Cakes; Owner, Charm City Cakes

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