Mission & Presentation


General Presentation & Mission Statement

“The college that changes lives one chef-student at a time.” The CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® (CIL) college in Houston, Texas, is a community that welcomes and trains the culinary experts of tomorrow into its international family of renowned chefs and hospitality workers.

The institute was founded in 1998 by third-generation French chefs Alain and Marie Lenotre. The LENOTRE® name is known worldwide for its French cuisine and pastry arts. CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® students study both classic and contemporary culinary methods, learn to prepare hundreds of dishes and expand their knowledge of various topics related to the culinary arts. For those enrolled in associate degree programs, this includes nutrition, menu development and wine fundamentals.

LENOTRE EDUCATION™ Programs consists of five courses – three associate degree programs and two diploma programs. We off the option of specialty electives such as hotel, hospitality and restaurant management, LENOTRE® sommelier, or advanced artistic skills of pastry décor.

LENOTRE EDUCATION™ Programs also include a series of seminars in advanced artistic skills of pastry décor including studies in specialty or wedding cake décor and French chocolate and sugar showpieces.

The fame of the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college grew from the success of its intensive hands-on training, small class size, and classic and innovative teaching from internationally experienced chef-instructors. CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® programming has five starts a year, and schedules are adaptable to each student’s needs. For example, evening lab classes are offered to students who work during the day.

Students who complete a FAFSA may be eligible to receive financial aid through federal grants and loans as well as through institutional scholarships based on merit and need. LENOTRE EDUCATION™ programming also includes free language classes for international students or for anyone who would like to perfect their language skills.

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® programs consist of unique, fast-paced courses. Students who wish to complete an Associate of Applied Science in culinary arts or baking and pastry arts can complete their studies in just 80 weeks. In as little as 60 weeks, students can receive the training necessary for an elite diploma.


The CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college is located in Houston, Texas, the fourth largest city in the United States. The city offers vibrant activities as well as numerous fine dining and shopping complexes. The institute is constantly expanding and opening new kitchen labs and offices.

Student life at the school is exciting and active. Many events and cooking demonstrations happen throughout the year. (For example, Les vergers Boiron, Culinary Clash, or Student Appreciation Days.)

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Career Assistance

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® students and alumni are provided career assistance that prepares everyone for professional opportunities, such as opening their own business, whether a restaurant, bakery, catering business or food truck.

“I claim that we change lives because I notice so much change in our students’ personalities after they spend 20 to 30 weeks with us. They develop their artistic talents, they have more self-esteem, they make many friends, and they plan ahead for their professional career,” Alain Lenotre says.

About Us


CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® Aspiring to provide the best possible associate degree and diploma programs through:

  • Intensive hands-on training with a low student/teacher ratio.
  • Challenging students to learn a maximum in a minimum amount of time.
  • Classic and innovative training from internationally experienced chef-instructors.
  • Helping each student to reach his/her full professional potential.
  • Preparing students in leadership and management positions.

Applying its philosophy of TRADITION, QUALITY, AND RESPECT.

Students Are...

  • The most important people on campus, without them there would be no need for the institution.
  • Not cold, impersonal enrollment statistics, but flesh and blood human beings with feelings and emotions like our own.
  • Not people to be tolerated so that we can do our thing. THEY ARE OUR THING!
  • Not dependent on us, but rather, we are dependent on them.
  • Not an interruption of our work, but the purpose of it.
  • We are not doing them a favor by serving them, THEY ARE DOING US A FAVOR BY GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO!


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