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 September 1 - December 1, 2012.

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 December 20, 2012. Only 16 students will be selected to participate in this Class of 2014 CEIP program.



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 four times over an 18-month period. Participants must commit to this timeframe:

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If you are having technical difficulties filling out the application, please email the CEIP Review Panel at You will receive a response within five business days. Or feel free to download this application and fax it to the panel at (952) 929-5417.