The Culinary Institute of America

The NAFEM/CIA educational collaboration

The NAFEM/CIA Educational Collaboration facilitates the engagement of the food-equipment manufacturing community with the educational mission of The Culinary Institute of America, the world’s premier culinary college.

Through this collaboration, NAFEM member companies are invited to play a role in ensuring the next generation of culinary leaders are prepared to operate successful professional kitchens, now and in the future.

This website is a resource for NAFEM members to learn more about the CIA and the opportunities that are available to ignite, engage and grow partnerships.

NAFEM member relations

NAFEM Member Relations Specialist Rachel Hoover

Rachel Hoover is the manager of corporate relations at The Culinary Institute of America. She earned her associate degree in baking and pastry arts from the CIA in 2015, went on to work for local Hudson Valley establishments as a pastry sous chef, returning to her alma mater in 2017 to support the college’s philanthropic partnerships. She completed her CIA education, earning a bachelor’s degree in Applied Food Studies from the college in 2019.

As the NAFEM Member Relations Specialist, Rachel supports the engagement of NAFEM member companies in the work of the college.

To learn more about opportunities available to your company, contact Rachel Hoover, 1.845.905.4269 at  

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Programs & Support- Throughout history, the CIA has engaged in strategic collaboration with a broad range of organizations to further our educational mission to explore new initiatives and develop programs. These partnerships make it possible for us to offer scholarship opportunities and expand our curriculum. The programs described in our Industry Leadership Advancement Brochure are diverse – in their focus, benefits and collaborative opportunities.

Become an Externship Site- CIA students take a semester-long, résumé-building culinary externship at one of more than 2,000 locations in the United States and abroad. While students study at an externship site, they interact with professionals, build an industry network and have the opportunity to work in real-life environments.

Hire a Graduate- Career fairs at the CIA regularly set attendance records for recruiters, reflecting both the marketability of the college’s students and strength of career opportunities in the foodservice world. The Hyde Park campus hosts three career fairs annually. The California and Texas campuses host Career Networking Days, providing students opportunities to connect with industry recruiters. Check out available Employer Services for more information.

Students in class using Gift-in-Kind product at the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe, Hyde Park, New York campus.

Culinary Connect is an online database for foodservice equipment and supplies companies to post job openings for CIA alum to view and apply.

Become a Fellow- The CIA’s Society of Fellows is made up of more than 300 food and wine enthusiasts and business professionals from around the country. Its members serve as dedicated ambassadors, support student scholarships and strengthen academic programs. Fellows includes presidents and CEOs, food service professionals, manufacturers, corporate chefs, restaurateurs and food enthusiasts.

Meet Fellows who are NAFEM members:

Students in class using Gift-in-Kind product at CIA’s SAVOR Restaurant, San Antonio, Texas campus.

Support Educational Delivery Through Gift- in- Kind- To become exceptional chefs, students must learn to use exceptional ingredients, equipment and supplies. They are exposed to an impressive selection of fine products over the course of their education. It is in the kitchen classrooms where CIA students are first exposed to the foodservice brands they will come to use on a daily basis. Putting your brand in the hands of CIA students causes a ripple effect of positive perception and experience, as these future decision-makers carry the knowledge of your brand with them when they head out into the industry. Submit a form


About the CIA– The Culinary Institute of America has been setting the standard for excellence in professional culinary education since its founding in 1946. Today, the CIA is widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. Our industry-wide reputation for excellence is evidenced by our outstanding faculty, passionate students and more than 50,000 accomplished alumni across more than seven decades. Such a distinguished legacy would not have been possible without extraordinary achievement, talented people and amazing stories that date back to 1946, when two women shared a daring vision.

2017-2018’s Annual Report– As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on contributions from alumni and friends of the college, foundations and organizations and members of the foodservice and hospitality industry. Their generosity allows us to maintain our standards of excellence and continues to support our mission to provide the highest quality culinary education. See CIA’s Annual Report for more details.

Expert Support– CIA Consulting is the industry complement to the college’s degree programs. Operators, manufacturers, distributors, commodity boards, marketing groups and government agencies work with the CIA to leverage the diversity and experience of our faculty in the areas of professional excellence and innovation, sustainability and food ethics, health and wellness and world cuisines and cultures.