11/04/2011 10:38 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2012

About The Culinary Institute Of America

We've teamed up with The Culinary Institute of America to produce our Kitchen Basics video series, which shows you how to master essential cooking techniques, from chopping an onion to cleaning leeks to frosting a cake. When a home cook is armed with the right skills, he or she can handle anything in the kitchen -- and who better to teach those skills than the school that trains America's chefs?

For 60 years, The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education. The faculty, facilities, and academic programs offered at our campuses in Hyde Park, NY, St. Helena, CA, and San Antonio, TX, are second to none. There's a whole menu of reasons why the CIA stands out from the crowd:

The CIA is an independent, not-for-profit college offering bachelor's and associate degrees in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and professional wine studies that give you the strong foundation and extensive knowledge to realize your dreams in the diverse, exciting food world.

The CIA has widespread recognition as the leader in culinary education throughout the foodservice and hospitality industry, giving you an outstanding credential to carry forth throughout your career.

More than 140 instructors from 16 countries, including the most American Culinary Federation-Certified Master Chefs in all of culinary education.

Outstanding facilities-41 kitchens and bakeshops, five public restaurants, and a comprehensive culinary library on campus in Hyde Park; six professional cooking and baking suites and a restaurant at our Greystone campus in California's Napa Valley, and our newest campus in San Antonio, Texas which will grow to more than 30,000 sq. ft. when we open our new expanded facility in October of 2010.

Prestigious accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Go ahead, poke around, find out more about the CIA. You'll discover a culinary college that's full of excitement and opportunity, in a campus environment ideal for fueling your passion. Food Is Life. Create And Savor Yours™ at The Culinary Institute of America.

Watch this video to meet Eve Felder, Associate Dean for Culinary Arts at The Culinary Institute of America, and learn more about The CIA's history, facilities and star alumni.