• Thank you for your interest in applying to CEIP, the Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program — a culinary leadership program from The Culinary Institute of America and Hormel Foods.

    Application forms will be accepted May 15 – August 6, 2015.
    Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Upon submission of your application you will receive confirmation of receipt. You will receive a formal response to your application by email no later than August 26, 2015. Only 16 students will be selected to participate in this Class of 2016 CEIP program.

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    •    10+ years professional culinary experience
    •    Proven culinary and leadership skills
    •    Highly creative and innovative
    •    Long-term commitment to the industry

    There are no academic prerequisites. College degree and/or past schooling in, or certification from, a culinary institution is not required for acceptance. This is, however, a fast-paced, interactive learning environment requiring participation among other professionals. Classes for this program are held three times over a 12-month period. Participants must commit to this timeframe:
    •    Module I: October 26-29, 2015; California CIA Campus
    •    Module II: April, 2016;  Texas CIA Campus
    •    Module III: October, 2016; New York CIA Campus

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    If you are having difficulty completing the online application, you can download a copy of the application here and submit it to