July 8, 2019

It is my sad duty to announce that the San Diego Culinary Institute has stopped enrolling new students and will be closing our doors permanently in March 2020.

This will be an orderly closure. Every student now enrolled at SDCI will receive the same quality education as we have always given and will have the opportunity to graduate with the same diploma as every student of the SDCI Commis Program that came before.

This August we mark the completion of 19 years in the field of culinary education. We have enjoyed an incredible 19 years as measured by the success of our graduates. We are proud to have graduated many outstanding chefs that are now emerging as leaders in their field.



The business of education has changed remarkably in the last 19 years. These changes have affected virtually every school across the country — in all disciplines — but especially those of us in the culinary arts. We decided that rather than try to reinvent SDCI to meet the challenges of a new marketplace, the best thing we can do for our students and alumni is to retire, teach out our students, and close our doors in an organized fashion.

We encourage you to visit us on our website, as well as our Facebook pages for San Diego Culinary Institute and San Diego Culinary Institute Alumni for news on what is to come for us. Along the way, Chef Lewis and Chef Waefler will always be available to any SDCI graduate to support you in your careers. For general enquiries, you are always welcome to email us at or speak with Jaycee at (619) 644-2100.

This has become a tough time to be a culinary school, but it has never been a better time to become a Chef. There have never been more career opportunities or more chances to express yourself creatively. We look forward to seeing all that you will achieve as you each make your contribution to the future of the culinary arts.


Yours truly,
David Badagliacca
San Diego Culinary Institute

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