The History of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) | Video

For more than seven decades, the Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education—and truly changed the way the world looks at food.

Learn how the CIA has inspired excellence throughout the food world by leading the way: in the education of students, in the elevation of the culinary profession, through the innovation of thought leadership, and through collaborations on critical food and industry issues.

Founded in 1946, the Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to driving leadership development for the foodservice and hospitality industry, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers associate degrees in culinary arts and baking and pastry arts; bachelor’s degree majors in management, culinary science, and applied food studies; and executive education through its Food Business School. Its conferences and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry in the areas of health and wellness, sustainability, world cuisines and cultures, and professional excellence and innovation. The college also offers certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its worldwide network of 509,000 alumni includes leaders in every area of foodservice and hospitality. The CIA has campuses in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.

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