Napa's Culinary Institute Launches Food Business School

Aspiring food entrepreneurs and executives have a new educational option.

The Culinary Institute of America's (CIA) Greystone campus in St. Helena announced Wednesday the opening of registration for its new Food Business School (FBS).

"The Culinary Institute of America has a long history of educating and supporting the world's leading chefs, tastemakers, and foodservice innovators," said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan in a statement. "The Food Business School represents a strategic extension of our college’s unique capabilities and resources to serve a broader and vital constituency of students and future leaders committed to transforming the world through food."

The FBS faculty is comprised of business professors from UC Berkeley, Stanford and UC Davis as well as chefs and food industry professionals. Michael Chiarello, a celebrity chef who owns nearby Bottega restaurant in Yountville and is a 1982 CIA alum, is among the inaugural list of teachers.

Three different courses of study, including online classes, three-to-four day immersive sessions on campus, and multi-month programs for innovators, are being rolled out starting in the spring.

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