About Culinary Arts Institute

Chef Linkie Marais teachers pastry lessons with studentsEstablished in 1996, the Culinary Arts Institute provides interdisciplinary instruction in the culinary arts, emphasizing classic cooking techniques applied to small-quantity food preparation.

In addition to a mastery of cooking skills and knowledge of food service, students also will prepare for employment and leadership in diverse areas of food studies such as food journalism, food photography and styling, nutrition and wellness, and culinary entrepreneurship.

Our graduates are working in the hospitality industry in Mississippi and across the nation.  We invite you to create your own recipe for success in the Culinary Arts Institute at The W. Our program offers state-of-the art instruction at the only institution in Mississippi offering a major in culinary arts leading to the bachelor of science degree. 

2014 saw the expansion of the Culinary Arts Institute to the state capital with the opening of CAI Jackson. In partnership with Hinds Community College, the satellite campus allows students to apply the career/technical credits of the Associate of Applied Science program to earn a four-year degree.

In the summer of 2019, CAI began a new chapter in our history as we broke ground on the new Culinary Arts Building, the largest purpose-built facility for culinary education in the state of Mississippi.