Welcome To Our Family

Alain and his wife Marie own the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE®. Alain is a certified pastry chef, candy maker and ice cream maker; he was also trained as a cook at the Grand Véfour, a famous 3-Star Michelin Restaurant in Paris. He has over 40 years of experience and earned an executive MBA from the University of Paris. Alain also comes from a famous Parisian family.


Thirty years ago, he created the chef school Ecole Lenôtre in Paris, France, one of the world’s best retraining schools, where he taught for a number of years. He developed the international Lenotre pastry shop franchise and technical assistance departments, expanding the Lenôtre chains in Japan, Germany and Brazil while also helping his parents’ business become the number one caterer in France. After receiving a request for a franchise in Texas, Alain and Marie were invited to visit Houston, Texas in 1981. Ultimately they started their own business there, first with a retail and wholesale bakery. In 1998, they opened an international cooking and baking school for career seekers, career changers, food enthusiasts and also for continuing education. As their fame was spreading they were asked to franchise their “Know How” in the Middle East. There are now 10 “Alain LeNôtre” restaurants and bakeries in Cairo, Egypt. Alain Lenotre’s motto is: “Tradition, quality & respect.” He chose the word tradition because he is the 3rd generation of chefs in the Lenotre family.


Alain Lenotre received The Order of Agricultural Merit bestowed by the French Government for extraordinary services rendered to Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Marie Lenotre was appointed Director of the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® in 1998, which has been ranked number One Culinary Arts Institute in America in 2019. Marie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, a Bachelor’s Degree in Drama from the University of Athens, Greece, a Master’s Degree in Public Health Education from the University of Texas, and a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.


In 2001, Marie Lenotre, with a group of philanthropist socialites in Houston, created the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship, a Texas non-for-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for underprivileged students who aspire to a culinary career. One million dollars in tuition scholarships have been disbursed so far to such students thanks to the support of many generous Francophile friends and international businesses. Marie was the 2005, 2006, 2018 and 2019 President of the Houston Chapter Les Dames d’ Escoffier International, a society of professional women of achievement in the food and beverage industry.


In 2008 Marie was honored by the French Government with The Order of Merit at an event officiated by Chef Daniel Boulud at the Culinary Institute Lenotre. Marie Lenotre is the author of a memoir, Appetites, published in 2015.

Upcoming Events

  • Blood Drive hosted by Career Services
    Tue, Jun 15
    Culinary Institue Lenotre Amphitheater
    Jun 15, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Culinary Institue Lenotre Amphitheater, 7070 Allensby St, Houston, TX 77022, USA
  • Job Fair
    Job Fair
    Mon, Jun 14
    Jun 14, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Amphitheatre, 7070 Allensby St, Houston, TX 77022, USA
  • Movie Night
    Fri, Apr 23
    CIL Amphitheater
    Apr 23, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    CIL Amphitheater, 7070 Allensby St, Houston, TX 77022, USA
    Join Us In Watching One Of The Highly Anticipated Movies This Year…
  • Ping Pong Tournament of Fun
    Fri, Mar 19
    Mar 19, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Houston, 7070 Allensby St, Houston, TX 77022, USA
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Joseph O'Neill

VP Operations / College Director


Todd Patterson

Director of Academics


Alicia Orellana

Manager of Admissions / DSO


Elsa Pina

Financial Aid Manager


Samantha Kellen

Student Accounts / Accounting Manager


Krystal Sugulleh

Academic Affairs Coordinator


Joceyln Tobar



Katoshia Merriett

Career & Student

Services Advisor


Helen Ball



Connie Pine