Come enjoy the ultimate experience of life as a chef in the illustrious Napa Valley with The Culinary Institute of America as your expert guide. Taste your way through the best of the Napa Valley as an insider alongside CIA chefs, sommeliers, CIA alumni, and industry leaders. Expect insider treatment while you see the sights at wineries, restaurants, farms, creameries, and more. This isnât your average tour â our CIA chef will spend time between visits teaching the influence of local agriculture and concepts of wine country cuisine. The best part? Your day is planned, and we wonât let you miss a thing.
Your Chef: Chef Sandy Sauter, CHE, graduated at the top of her class at The California Culinary Academy in San Francisco in 2006. Chef Sandy has lived in the Napa Valley for ten years. She began her career in the Napa Valley in Yountville at Thomas Kellerâs French bistro, Bouchon. She continued to hone her skills by holding roles in various aspects of the food industry, including chef at a Napa Valley bed & breakfast, Executive Chef at Dean & Deluca, and as an instructor at Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts. While at Copia, she discovered her love for teaching, and now brings that passion to The Culinary Institute of America, where she performs public chef demonstrations, instructs Boot Camps, and hosts CIA Skills classes for food enthusiasts from across the country.