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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.

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.

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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 are looking 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. 


Your Life in Food 
Begins Here

You love food. And you want to make it your life. If this sounds like you, then The Culinary Institute of America is the only place to be. Only at the CIA will you get the immersive hands-on learning and industry connections that prepare you to lead in the kitchen, the boardroom, or anywhere else you want to go in food.

Your Time Is Now

Fire Up Your Future at the CIA

Become the Best of the Best

The first time I visited, I knew I had finally found a school that teaches the traditions of the world’s cuisines... It’s the best culinary school in the world.

Paul Bocuse 
World-Renowned Chef and Restaurateur

My CIA experience helped open my eyes to the bigger world of the food industry. Not only did I learn so much about food & different cuisines, but got a well-rounded education about the industry from different perspectives.

Andrea Cuellar 
Director of Culinary Development for Just Salad

What They’re Saying


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!

CIA graduates are a cut above the rest. It’s why top food and hospitality companies continually look to hire them—they’re the best of the best. Are you ready to join them? Hear why it’s the best decision you’ll ever make.

You’ve Found Your Place

Only at CIA