College Awards

CIA excellence is widely recognized in the industry and community, and the following is just a sampling of the most recent accolades the college has received:

Administration and Staff

  • 50 Greatest Pittsburghers of All Time, Pittsburgh, President Tim Ryan '77, 2019
  • Sharing the Spirit Award, Napa Valley Register, Special Events Chef Andew Wild, 2018
  • Women in Business, Hudson Valley, Associate Vice President and Dean—Student Affairs Kathy Merget, 2018
  • The Power List: The 50 Most Powerful People in Foodservice, Nation's Restaurant News President Tim Ryan '77, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2014
  • America's 50 Most Powerful People in Food, The Daily Meal President Tim Ryan '77, 2017, 2016
  • GlobalChef Award, At-Sunrice Managing Director Eve Felder '88, 2016
  • Foodservice Director of the Month, Foodservice Director Senior Director—Food and Beverage Operations Waldy Malouf '75, March 2016
  • Women of Influence in the Food Industry, Griffin Report of Food Marketing Senior Advancement Officer Lee Ellen Kirk, 2016; Director—Education Jennifer Purcell '96, 2015
  • Visionary Award, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation President Tim Ryan '77, 2014
  • Farm-to-Table Award, The Valley Table President Tim Ryan '77, 2013
  • Innovation Award, University of California, Los Angeles President Tim Ryan '77, 2013
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Foodservice Educators Network International President Tim Ryan '77, 2012
  • Highest Leaf Award, Women's Venture Fund Managing Director Eve Felder '88, 2011
  • Who's Who of Food & Beverage in America, James Beard Foundation President Tim Ryan '77, 2010; Vice President—Strategic Initiatives and Industry Leadership Greg Drescher, 2005; Dean—Culinary Arts Brendan Walsh '80, 1987
  • Silver Plate Award, International Foodservice Manufacturers Association President Tim Ryan '77, 2009
  • Sharing Culinary Traditions Award, American Academy of Chefs President Tim Ryan '77, 2009
  • HeartSaver Award, American Heart Association Safety Dispatcher Al Siefert, Safety Officers Carl Wilson and Robert Barclay, Environmental and Safety Supervisor Neil Garrison, and Communications Manager Jeff Levine, 2016; Safety Supervisor Lyle Burnett, Nurse Kelly O'Connor, Safety Dispatcher Al Seifert, and Safety Officer Carl Wilson, 2008


  • 40 Under 40 Movers & Shakers, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Lecturing Instructor Allison C. Righter, 2019
  • Grand Champion, Charcuterie Masters Tournament Assistant Professor Mark Elia, 2017
  • Underrecognized Artist Award, Arts Mid-Hudson Associate Professor Antonella Pimontese, 2017
  • Antonin Carême Medal, American Culinary Federation Professor Lars Kronmark, 2013
  • Winner, Cochon 555 Cooking Competition Professor Lars Kronmark, 2012
  • Best of Show Medals, Société Culinaire Philanthropique Salon of Culinary Art CIA faculty and students, 2011–2014
  • Prize of Honor, Société Culinaire Philanthropique Salon of Culinary Art Associate Professor Todd Knaster, 2011;
    Professor Peter Greweling, 2010; CIA, 2008
  • Third Place, U.S. Finals of the World Chocolate Masters Competition Professor Stephen Durfee, 2010
  • Hay-Nicolay Dissertation Prize, Abraham Lincoln Institute and Abraham Lincoln Association Professor Robert Johnson, Jr., 2009


  • The 10 Best New Restaurants in Texas, San Antonio Current Savor 2020
  • Great American Breakfast Destination, USA Today, Apple Pie Bakery Café, 2017, 2014
  • Best Place to Impress Your Guests, Hudson Valley Hyde Park Restaurants, 2017
  • Best French Cuisine, Reader's Pick, Hudson Valley The Bocuse Restaurant, 2016
  • Best Dessert, Readers' Pick, Hudson Valley Apple Pie Bakery Café, 2016, 2018
  • Achievement of Excellence Award, American Culinary Federation The Bocuse Restaurant, 2014; American Bounty Restaurant, 2014; Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, 2014; Apple Pie Bakery Café, 2004
  • Top 10 Restaurants You Should Try, The Culture Trip Nao, 2014
  • 100 Top Restaurants Fit for Foodies, The Bocuse Restaurant, 2013
  • Must-Try Eats, San Antonio Express-News Nao, 2013
  • Best New Restaurant, Downtown Alliance San Antonio Nao, 2013
  • Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism Award Rudd Center for Professional Wine Studies, 2014; Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant, 2012
  • Clean Plate Award, Restaurant Business Apple Pie Bakery Café, 2008


  • Military Friendly School ® , GI Jobs CIA, 2011–2016, 2019-2020
  • Brewery of the Year, New York State Craft Beer Competition The Brewery at the CIA, 2019
  • Two Gold Medals, New York State Craft Beer Competition Student-Brewed Mise en Place Wit and Class Project Br-Br-Br-Brown Ale, 2019
  • #1 Best College for Culinary Arts in America,, CIA, 2018
  • #1 Best Culinary School in the U.S., The Best Schools CIA, 2018
  • Pacesetter Award and "You Mean the World to Us" Award, NY Blood Center CIA, 2018
  • Silver Medal, New York State Craft Beer Competition Student-brewed Class Project Stay Sharp Saison, 2017
  • Web Award: Best University Website, Web Marketing Association CIA Digital and Online Media, 2017
  • Hospitality Institution of the Year, The World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence CIA Singapore, 2017
  • IACP Cookbook Award, International Association of Culinary Professionals The Young Chef: Recipes and Techniques for Kids Who Love to Cook, 2017; The Elements of Dessert, 2014; Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft, 2nd edition, 2010
  • Innovation Award: Best Academic Institution or Organization, Taste Talks Food & Drink Awards CIA, 2016
  • Art in Public Places Award, Arts Mid-Hudson 2016
  • Best Place to Take a Cooking Class, Hudson Valley CIA, 2016
  • Outstanding Project, Learning by Design The Egg—Student Commons Building, 2016
  • Culinary Institution of the Year, The World Gourmet Series Awards of Excellence CIA Singapore, 2015
  • President's Medallion, American Culinary Federation The Culinary Institute of America, 2014
  • Taste Hall of Fame, The Taste Awards The Culinary Institute of America, 2014
  • Best Conference App of the Year, Cvent Planner Awards Worlds of Flavor International Conference and Festival, CIA at Greystone, 2013
  • Outstanding Design, American School & University Student townhouses, 2013
  • Faces of Diversity Inspiration Award, National Restaurant Association CIA, 2011
  • Headliner Award, Green-Friendly Organization, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce CIA, 2011
  • Gold Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification, U.S. Green Building Council Vineyard Lodge II, 2010