Start with the fundamentals in the first week, immersing yourself in classic and contemporary culinary techniques as well as global cuisines. You’ll build a foundation of key skills utilized by every chef before taking on more advanced coursework. The CIA’s industry-experienced faculty will ensure you receive a hands-on learning experience that provides you with the foundation for a successful career. After you’ve earned your degree in less than two years, you’ll be able to demonstrate expertise in preparing a wide variety of meals as well as be qualified to maintain state-of-the-art kitchen equipment and manage staff. A CIA associate degree is the perfect way to seamlessly enter our bachelor’s-level programs. Or hit the ground running by pursuing a CIA bachelor’s degree in your first year!
- Understand the basics of baking, nutrition, menu development, food safety, cost control, and wine.
- Learn how to successful restaurateurs and chefs manage their businesses, high end catering, food trucks, and other food related operations.
- Gain real-world experience through a 15-week paid externship at one of CIA’s 2,000+ food industry partners.
- Develop your business skills with courses in management, communication, and finance.
- Experience firsthand how successful restaurants are operated in our award-winning, student-staffed dining establishments that include the American Bounty Restaurant, The Bocuse Restaurant, and Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici. All CIA restaurants are public-facing, fully operational retail dining establishments that serve more than 333,000 customers annually.
- Interact with more than 130 companies that visit CIA’s campus four times a year to recruit students. Discuss career opportunities with industry leaders, which include Boca Raton Resort and Spa, Dinex (Daniel Boulud’s Restaurant Group), Jean-Georges Restaurants, Make It Nice (Eleven Madison Park), Union Square Hospitality Group, and Walt Disney World, among many others.