Andrew “Drew” Rogers of Drew’s Pastry Place has been named the first recipient of the Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship Foundation’s Scholarship Recipient Alumnus Ambassador Award.
Rogers received the award Feb. 13 at the organization’s annual black-tie Champagne & Chocolat Scholarship Gala at the River Oaks Country Club. The event raises funds for students studying the culinary arts.
Rogers, who graduated from Culinary Institute LeNôtre 10 years ago, gained notoriety last year after appearing on an episode of TLC’s “Bakery Boss.” Drew & family/Drew’s Pastry Place was featured as Episode 7 of Bakery Boss (now called Buddy’s Bakery Rescue) which aired on TLC, January 20, 2014.
Rogers was 40 when he decided become a pastry chef.
“The LeNôtre Foundation scholarship award dollars really helped tremendously during this time as I was phasing out one career and embarking on another and having a family to support,” Rogers said in a release. “The LeNôtres have always been incredibly encouraging and supportive and I will always be grateful to them.”
After completing his training, Rogers worked at the Houston Country Club for chef Fritz Gitschner (now of 60 Degrees Mastercrafted). Four years later, he opened Drew’s Pastry Place, 10300 Louetta near Vintage Park.
“We’re pleased to honor Chef Rogers with our Inaugural Scholarship Recipient Alumnus Ambassador Award,” said foundation president Marie LeNôtre. “His great success with Drew’s Pastry Place is an inspiration to current students and a reflection of the impact the Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship and generous support of donors has on the culinary field.”