Profile: The Culinary Institute of America


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    The World’s Premier Culinary College

    When we speak food, the world listens. For more than half a century, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence. Our faculty and facilities are outstanding, and our academic programs foster the ability to think creatively, solve problems, and understand what it takes to be a leader. At The Culinary, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the culinary and baking and pastry arts. Start with the basics and, as you work your way through your courses, on-campus restaurant experiences, and externship, you'll master methods, menus, management, and more.

    We Teach Food: Academic Facilities
    At the CIA, we do everything we can to make your experience the best it can be. The kitchens are extraordinary; the restaurants are magnificent; the food you eat is better than great; and if you want to play tennis, go swimming, or otherwise kick back, it's all there waiting for you.

    41 Kitchens and Bakeshops
    A typical campus kitchen, filled with the finest equipment and everything that a cook could possibly need, costs about $330,000 to set up. Come see for yourself!

    Five Student-staffed Public Restaurants
    The Culinary's restaurants and bakery café are truly splendid, both in terms of the quality of the food and the well-appointed ambiance:

    American Bounty Restaurant—American regional cuisine
    Escoffier Restaurant—Classic French dining with a contemporary touch
    Ristorante Caterina de' Medici—Seasonal Italian specialties
    St. Andrew's Café—Contemporary casual fare
    In the baking and pastry arts degree programs, you'll prepare, serve, and market café cuisine, confections, and fresh baked goods in the casual atmosphere of the college's Apple Pie Bakery Café.

    Conrad N. Hilton Library
    Perhaps the finest culinary library in the world, with more than 74,000 volumes, 280 periodical titles, and 3,500 instructional videos and DVDs. Here, too, you'll find the student computer center and video center, as well as the 150-seat Danny Kaye Theatre, where celebrity chefs do demonstrations.

    Shunsuke Takaki School of Baking and Pastry
    A separate facility just for the baking and pastry arts, with classrooms and bakeshops.

    General Foods Nutrition Center
    This facility houses lecture rooms, a teaching kitchen, and a computer laboratory where you'll be introduced to computer-aided nutrition analyses and the fundamentals of healthy menu and recipe development.


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