Luis Marenco, Executive Chef at the fine dining Veranda Restaurant


October 10, 2017 

Do you know Luis Marenco? He joined the CIL family on October 12,2015, and has been a talented students in the Culinary Arts. At the time, he was already a determined and hardworking person who would graduate from a two year Associate Applied Science Degree in Culinary Art Gold Summa Cum Laude. A few years ago, Luis realized he almost missed his calling. Joining the Culinary Institute LeNôtre was a way for him to achieve what he always wanted.

“I heard that cooks don’t need an AA in Culinary Arts, but I do not want to be just a cook. I want to be the best Chef I can be”  he said.

His state of mind and dedication would pay off and lead him to earn several scholarships:

  • The Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship (Culinary Endowment Fund)
  • Les Amis d’Escoffiers 2017
  • The Gainful Employment Scholarship Matching Fund
  • Puratos Sandwich Competition – 1st prize

“It has been a pleasure to teach Luis. His teamwork, motivation, and patience make him successful in what he accomplishes. He is a very dedicated hard worker, a committed and ambitious person who always maintain a mature and professional attitude”
– Chef Sebastien Bonnet, Head of Cuisine Department at CIL

Besides showing passion in his craft, Luis is always up to help and volunteer for several causes. He’s not only a great chef, but also a great person.

“I wanted to show my children that anything is possible with hard work. Nothing worth having comes easy” says Luis.

Chef Luis Marenco is the winner of the 2017 Les Amis d’Escoffiers Scholarship. He will be presented with his $1000 check and the CIL matching check of the same amount Sunday November 5 2017 during a yearly Fall French dinner (7 courses and 7 wines) to be served at Houston La Table restaurant on Post Oak boulevard for the 80 members of the Escoffier Society of Houston .

Luis is so gifted that he is already executive chef at the fine dining Veranda Restaurant in Kingwood

A great role model for his family and students! We are proud of having you as a part of the CIL Family!




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