Cuisine is a feast. There is pleasure, art and magic in cooking and baking. Pleasure first, in reading a good recipe, then in preparing it, tasting it, and serving it. And pleasure is even greater when it is shared. And what better way than of a cooking school to share the pleasure of cooking?
The story of Culinary Institute Lenotre began in Houston in 1998, when my wife Marie and I decided to start what would be the adventure of our life. We designed Culinary Institute Lenotre to welcome beginners of every age and background, as well as professionals of all levels, looking to enhance their skills and resumes. Through hands-on, low student/teacher ratio courses, our ‘chef-students’ would learn a maximum number of recipes and “tours de main” (feats of skill) in a minimum amount of time.
Since 1998, our faculty and staff have worked continuously to evolve the curriculum and expand the facilities. We now have 2 buildings, and occupy 6 floors, including our restaurant, Le Bistro, where professional culinary arts students gain real-world experience.
We are proud of who we are and we want to remain faithful to our Mission Statement from the early years. If you have a culinary project in mind or simply are curious, come visit us. We will be happy to show you around and perhaps help you make your passion your profession.
Alain Lenotre

CIL Ranked #1 Three Years In A Row!


This community aims to

           support you in your career goals

           through career services, job and internship boards, a mentoring program


           promote our network and our successful alumni

           through an online directory and by sharing your testimonials


           keep you in touch with other students and alumni

           through different events, such as alumni receptions & class reunions and                 exciting projects such as an organic fresh herb and vegetable garden.

Our Alumni Achieve "Sweet Success"


Culinary Institute Lenotre is incredibly proud of our alums and Suzybeez Bakery co-owners, Caitlin Provine (2011 grad) and Thomas Johnston (2012 graduate).

The duo will be featured this Friday on “Sugar Rush”, the reality baking series on Netflix.


The show features four teams of bakers racing against the clock, showcasing their skills as they compete to bake the best-tasting sweets in hope of leaving with the $10,000 grand prize.


Congratulations Caty and Thomas!  And thank you for your kind words in saying, “We owe a lot of our success to Culinary Institute Lenotre.” 


We will all be watching with pride and wishing for your ultimate success!


And for all you jobseekers out there, Suzybees is currently hiring for cake decorators and front counter support. 


Check out the delicious and delectable artistic bakery selections of Suzybees at

Meet Our Students of the Term - January 2020

Every term, CIL chooses students from all departments who are excelling in their classes/labs and demonstrate the values of the #LenotreLegacy.  We announce them at the Student Celebration!

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“Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

Julia Child


Famous chef, author, and television personality, Julia Child made French cuisine accessible to American audiences with her 1961 classic  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.