The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) was founded after WWII as a vocational training school for returning vets to learn renumerative skills.  Now with three American satellite campuses as well as one in Singapore, it’s a full blown accredited university, cranking out associate, undergraduate and graduate level students who not only know how to cook multiple cuisines, but how to manage inventory, create a menu, run a restaurant, and hire employees.   With thousands of students and faculty in Hyde Park, this city is foodie heaven. There are four high demand restaurants run by students and faculty on campus.  Advance reservations are a must.