About the College of Culinary Arts

Welcome to the Culinary Institute of Virginia, ECPI University’s College of Culinary Arts. Here, you study alongside professional chefs who can help turn your passion into a profession. Our degree programs in culinary arts and food service management can provide the education you need to compete in today’s workplace.

Curriculum for the Real World

Culinary Institute of Virginia is focused on providing the most up-to-date and relevant curriculum available in the competitive field of food service. Our faculty is comprised of culinary professionals who have worked in fine dining establishments, national chains, convention centers, resorts, and managed large industrial operations.

It is our mission to help you develop a strong educational foundation steeped in culinary skills, management, and hospitality. From there, you can learn how to blend food science with culinary techniques, and presentation skills to create dishes that will dazzle and amaze.

Accelerated Education

Cooking in a classroom is exciting. Cooking as a professional is more exciting. That’s why you won’t spend years on end waiting for that big day. With our year-round, accelerated program, you can earn a Bachelor’s Degree in just 2.5 years or an Associate’s Degree in 1.5 years.

Help When You Need It

At Culinary Institute of Virginia, classes are small so you have more than enough time to ask questions and faculty members are always available to provide additional help before and after class.


Through the years, Culinary Institute of Virginia has developed valuable relationships with some the area’s leading restaurants and food service organizations. Every culinary student caps off their education with real-world experience working with one of these partners and putting their newly-acquired skills to the test.

Career Services

Career Service Advisors are ready to provide you as much help as you’ll let them. During your Freshman Orientation class, they begin teaching you how to write a professional resume and cover letter. Later, they can help you secure a rewarding externship. When it is time to start looking for a job, you can count on them to help you polish your resume and written correspondence, coach you on interviewing techniques, and help strategize a successful job search.

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