The Culinary Institute of America
1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538, USA
The World's Premier Cooking SchoolFor food professionals and enthusiasts, this is hallowed ground. As alma mater to some of the world's best and brightest chefs and restauranteurs from Cat Cora to Anthony Bourdain, the CIA (not to be confused with spies and espionage) is the most prestigious culinary college for culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, culinary science, and applied food studies. We were treated to an evening tour led by enthusiastic students who showed us the speciality classrooms, kitchens, bakeshops, and labs in Roth Hall (which was formerly a Jesuit school, St. Andrew-on-Hudson). Peering through the glass windows, it was fun to see and smell a CIA education in action, as these future chefs will eventually amass over 1300 hours of hands-on learning and go on to externships with CIA-approved restaurants worldwide. Afterwards be sure to visit their gift store complete with cookbooks and kitchen utensils, and the Apple Pie Bakery Café to snack on its elegant pastries and desserts.