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Living Our Principles – Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program

Hormel Foods and its Foodservice division partnered with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to provide a unique leadership program for an elite class of commercial and noncommercial chefs around the country. The Culinary Enrichment and Innovation Program (CEIP) strives to build tomorrow’s culinary leaders and to address a growing industry concern about employee retention through an innovation-focused teaching program.

In 2010, the first class of students graduated and the second class, the class of 2012, was announced. The 2010 graduates attended four highly intense three-day sessions at the CIA’s Hyde Park Campus in New York over the course of 18 months. Each educational module included classroom teaching from a select group of Certified Master Chefs based at the CIA (there are only 60 such chefs in the world), one-on-one interaction with leading industry culinarians and hands-on time in the kitchen. Graduates of the program received advanced certification from The CIA and became members of the Hormel Circle of Innovation.

CEIP continues to be the only professional development program to offer advanced management training specifically designed for skilled commercial and noncommercial chefs.

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