CIA and Hormel seek applications for Culinary Leadership program

April 27—The Culinary Institute of America and Hormel Foods are accepting applications for the second session of the Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program (CEIP). According to the CIA, the program is the only professional development program to offer advanced management training specifically designed for skilled non-commercial and commercial chefs. The first session of participants graduated earlier this month.

“We’re exceptionally pleased with the response we’ve had to the program,” Dennis Goettsch, vice president of marketing for Hormel Foods Foodservice division and CEIP founder, said in a press release. “Creating and launching a new educational program in today’s environment was a testament to our confidence in its potential . . . we realized the power of a program that teaches professional chefs how to identify, practice and master the necessary skills for culinary leadership and innovation. There is simply no curriculum like this.”

The program’s modules range in theme from global flavor traditions to menu R&D as a collaboration of culinary arts to consumer behavior and the ethical responsibilities of preparing foods in a healthful, flavorful way. Modules are a blend of lectures, in-kitchen and hands-on learning as well as site tours to organic growers and local producers.

Applications for the class of 2010 are available at ceipinfo.com. All applications must be submitted by June 15. Applicants must have at least five years of professional experience. The program will begin in October.