The Culinary Institute of America was founded in 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut, to provide culinary training and careers for World War II veterans. In 1972, the college moved to its main campus in Hyde Park, New York. Since then, it has expanded to include three additional campuses, all of which are geared toward educating students in the culinary arts.
The Hyde Park campus features 41 state-of-the-art kitchens and bakeshops in which students explore the world of food preparation. In addition, there are five award-winning public restaurants on campus that are staffed by students, as well as a culinary library that rivals the Library of Congress in Washington. There are also culinary demonstration theaters, a wine lecture hall and a storeroom with plenty of the best ingredients, many of which come from the Hudson Valley.
The school is only about 1 ½ to 2 hours from New York City, which means that those living in an off campus apartment will have plenty of opportunities to visit the rich cultural center. The Hudson Valley has many of attractions on its own, like shopping, sports, recreational activities, museums, theaters and more.
Of course, there is plenty of fine dining in the area, including St. Andrew's Café, Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, the Escoffier Restaurant, American Bounty Restaurant and the Apple Pie Bakery Café. You'll never run out of delicious food to inspire your cooking.
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