There’s a world of opportunity for people who love food—and not just chef careers! At the CIA, we provide the education to prepare you to succeed in areas as diverse as food policy, television, research, owning/operating a restaurant, and crafting unique pastry products. Fill out your information to learn more about the world's best culinary school.

Join over 50,000 alumni who have turned their culinary passion into a career.


Learn From The Best

Learn from the best in the business—our expert faculty have extensive industry knowledge, and they’re ready to share it with you.

Hands-On Learning

Get a taste of the real world with hands-on, experiential learning in our on-campus kitchens, bakeshops, and restaurants.

California Campus

Our California campus is surrounded by the beauty of wine country. You can’t help but be inspired by this legendary region for food and wine professionals.

Around The Globe

With your CIA degree in hand, you’ll join an accomplished, supportive network of innovative entrepreneurs, top restaurateurs, business leaders, and world-famous chefs.

Big Choices

Degree Programs That Get You to Your Goal

Whatever your interests in the world of food, the CIA has got you covered. Choose from career-focused associate and bachelor’s degree programs and majors in baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, hospitality management, culinary science, food business management, or applied food studies. Each program provides the perfect combination of hands-on skills, experiential knowledge, and industry connections you need to succeed.

I loved being in the heart of Napa Valley because we were able to apply our classroom knowledge in the field every day. Being surrounded by some of the best restaurants, farms, and vineyards added immeasurable value to our experience.

Sara Quinteros-Shilling ’12
Dietitian, Consultant, Partner, Shilling Canning Company, Washington, DC 

Ever since I set foot onto the Greystone campus, all the chefs, professors, and administration have made the effort to know who I am and who my classmates are. We’re all one big happy family!

Kathleen Luu
CIA Student, Associate in Culinary Arts at the California campus

What They’re Saying

Yes! A CIA education is within your reach. We’re committed to making enrolling at the world’s premier culinary college as easy and affordable as possible. More than 90% of CIA students receive some form of financial aid, including need-based grants and merit scholarships. And our supportive enrollment and financial aid specialists are ready to help you make the very best investment in your future. So, go for it!

Reach Big.

Join a Legacy of High-Achieving Graduates

Join a Legacy of High-Achieving Graduates. Whatever you dream of becoming—executive chef, restaurant or bakery owner, food entrepreneur, or food  writer—the CIA will helpyou get there. From celebrity chefs, like Cat Cora, to CEOs, like Steve Ells of Chipotle, our alumni go on to achieve greatness.

Successful Culinary Careers


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