The Culinary Institute of America Unveils the Kikkoman Teaching Kitchen

SAN FRANCISCO — The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) has dedicated The Kikkoman Teaching Kitchen at the college’s Hyde Park, New York campus, honoring a more than 20-year partnership and ongoing mutual commitment to culinary education. The Kikkoman Teaching Kitchen will provide culinary students hands-on learning opportunities encompassing a variety of Asian cuisines and traditions, with the support of ongoing donations of Kikkoman’s complete line of authentic Asian sauces.

“We are grateful to have the support of such an influential industry leader as Kikkoman,” said CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan. “This partnership helps ensure that the college can continue to provide the very best education to the future leaders of our profession.”

Kikkoman established its relationship with the CIA in 1997, when the college opened its first branch location in St. Helena, California. The partnership has grown to include a variety of initiatives, from serving as a member of the Japanese Studies Leadership Council to engaging in the digital collaboration “Asian for a New Generation” online learning module. In addition to product donations and a leadership gift commitment, Kikkoman was an inaugural sponsor of The Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival. Twenty-one years later, the company proudly continues its support of the conference to bring influential chefs together in exploration of the latest culinary trends.

The CIA is widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college with an industry-wide reputation for excellence. The quality of a CIA education stems from hands-on learning in small class settings and an unparalleled legacy of leadership built by focusing on the crucial issues that drive and shape the ever-changing food world.

“It is with great privilege we join The Culinary Institute of America in fostering culinary education that allows students to explore Asian flavor,” said Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. President and CEO, Masanao Shimada. “Kikkoman is grateful for the opportunity to help influence the next generation of industry leaders.”

While The Kikkoman Teaching Kitchen will focus on Asian cuisines, the Kikkoman portfolio lends itself as a flavor and ingredient for cuisines around the world. Kikkoman Soy Sauce is the best-selling and most widely recognized brand name of soy sauce in North America, prized for its versatility as a flavor enhancer, sauce and marinade base, and table-top condiment.

About Kikkoman Sales USA, Inc. 
Kikkoman is the world’s leading soy sauce manufacturer, offering a complete line of authentic Asian sauces and is proud to introduce new products including Non-GMO Gluten-Free Tamari Soy Sauce, Gluten-Free Soy Sauce, Gluten-Free Less Sodium Tamari Soy Sauce, Ramen Soup Mixes, Preservative-Free Poke Sauce and Gluten-Free Panko Style Coating. Kikkoman Soy Sauce is traditionally brewed in state-of-the-art, GFSI compliant facilities in Walworth, Wisconsin, and Folsom, California, using only North American–grown soybeans and wheat, salt and water. For product samples, menu inspiration and more information about the full line of Kikkoman products, visit or follow Kikkoman Foodservice on Instagram @KikkomanFS.

About The Culinary Institute of America 
Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, food business management, hospitality management, culinary science, and applied food studies. The college also offers executive education, certificate programs, and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food world. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore. For more information, visit