Founded in 1946,
The CIA is the only residential college in the
world devoted entirely to culinary education.
The Institute offers associate and bachelor's
degree programs in culinary arts and baking
and pastry arts, as well as continuing education
courses for food service professionals.
Students of the
CIA master all aspects of their chosen fields
both in the classroom and in the real world
situation of the CIA's four acclaimed restaurants.
In each restaurant you can enjoy the cuisine
and judge for yourself the effectiveness of
the CIA in its mission to create the best chefs
and food professionals in the world.
Located at the southern
end of Hyde Park, the CIA is easily reached
as Albany Post Road is Route 9, the main road
north out of Poughkeepsie. If you want to dine
at one of the restaurants, advance reservations
are usually a must, but seating is frequently
available mid-week. Student guided tours of
the Institute are available on a regular schedule
and are an exciting way to see what really goes
on behind the swinging kitchen doors. The tour
includes visits to many of the kitchens of the
Institute where students are preparing food.