Learn more about what it is like to be a CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® student from the stories of current students. Get a taste of what studying here is all about!

At the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college, you will make connections that last a lifetime. Your classmates will come from all over the U.S. and around the world, and you will form friendships that will become the basis for your professional network. Look over the portraits of some of our students.

An Active Student Life
The Student Life Department offers opportunities to have fun, make friends, develop your leadership and interpersonal skills — and learn from students from different backgrounds. What activities will you participate in?

International Students
We take pride in all the international cultures that together strengthen the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® educational programs. Multiculturalism always creates amazing results in the culinary field. See what it takes to apply if you are an international student!

Online Classes. Hands-On Labs
Reach your education goals in just two years with most academic courses offered online. Then, choose to take morning, afternoon, or evening labs at our Houston Campus. Online courses are live-streamed according to the scheduled time, and students can ask questions in classes.


Meet Our Students

Unlike so many culinary schools that only think about profit margins, the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® focus is to welcome the culinary experts of tomorrow into our international family of renowned chefs, hospitality workers and sommeliers.
There can be no second best with a name like Lenotre. That is why our Houston culinary school attracts so many talented, hard-working individuals who join our training program and make us proud with the incredible careers they build for themselves.
Check out our featured students for each month.

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Student Life

CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® Student Life in Houston is filled with emotion and offers a wealth of learning opportunities.
Get involved, make new friends, and enjoy your time as a student!

Competitions & Demos
There is always a reason for students and chefs to showcase their many talents! Our students and chefs participate in many professional culinary contests, such as the yearly Ben E. Keith Competition (organized by the American Culinary Federation) and the Martin’s Food Show Contest. These times of the year are very special to students, offering them an opportunity to be part of the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® team. Individual and group prizes are awarded, creating a close-knit community!

  • Celebration Cake Competition every term
  • Chocolate Showpieces Competition every term
  • Annual Plated Dessert Competition with our partner Les Vergers Boiron
  • Educational Module with our partner Republica del Cacao
  • Demo with our partner Republica del Cacao

The Student Life Department organizes a Student Appreciation Day every term. This is our opportunity to say “we love you” to our students. All day long students join the party and enjoy games, music, food and contests.


Students’ Weekly Presentations
Every Thursday, students present their food to their classmates in the North Building Dining Room. At noon, 5 p.m. and 9 p.m., all chefs and students taste dishes as they enjoy dinner in a family style setting. It’s the perfect opportunity to share experiences and techniques and expand your pallet.
Social Media Community
All students are encouraged to join the independent Facebook Group, CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® Students. This is a group for our students to share stories and information about the school. Add your fellow classmates to the group. The group is student-managed and independent from the administration.
Student Life Events
We want to make the time students are in school meaningful and enjoyable. Student Life hosts social and educational events throughout the year that are free and open to all students. Take a look at our pictures for a taste of the fun and follow us on social media for all event updates!



At the end of each term, student graduation takes place off campus.

Students prepare and showcase dishes for a prestigious jury. The graduation ceremony includes speeches from Alain Lenotre, founder of the school, the director of academics and from a couple of graduating students. Graduates receive their diploma and a toque de chef and take pictures with their families. The graduation ceremony is followed by a buffet reception in the school for family and friends.

Diplomas and degrees can be awarded with honors: Gold (GPA: 3.6 to 4.0), Silver (GPA: 3.2 to 3.59) or Bronze (GPA: 2.80 to 3.19).

Graduation Gallery

Student Services

Here at the CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® college, we offer a number of student services to help our students get the most out of their education both during and after their time with us.

In addition to the many resources available to students from our various student services departments, there is a student lounge providing complimentary coffee, tea and fresh fruit daily for students to enjoy while on campus. We also offer free WIFI access to all of our students on both of our campuses. Learn more about the different student services we provide as well as contact information for the appropriate person to contact for help with any of the following.

Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: Hours extended to 7:30 p.m. for Financial Aid and Registrar

Career Services Director

Jocelyn T.| 713.358.5056 | [email protected]

  • Practicum matching
  • Job placement assistance
  • Resume mentoring
  • Administering CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® surveys

Connie P. | 713.358.5088 | [email protected]

  • Learning Resource Center
  • Computer room
  • Book check-out
  • Resume tutoring for A.A.S. students

Boutique | North Building
Helen B. | 713.358.5086 ex: 5086 | [email protected]

  • Student ID Processing
  • Uniforms
  • Student Payments

College Director

The college director plans, organizes, leads and controls campus operations and programs to deliver the best possible culinary education to students, resulting in their future success. The college director ensures students are treated with the respect they deserve and have the feeling of being the most important people on campus.

Student Services | South Building
Charelle G.| 713-692-0077 | [email protected]

  • Student Success
  • Alumni Services
  • Student Mentor & Tutoring:
  • Student Resources & WellConnect
  • Graduation

Director of Financial Aid
Elsa P. | 713.358.5052 | [email protected]

  • FAFSA Process
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships & Grants Assistance
  • Saturday Scholarship Workshops

Director of Admissions
Alicia O. | 713.358.5054 | [email protected]

  • Open houses
  • Student enrollment
  • New students orientation
  • International student inquiry

Lenotre Hub

Meet Michael Jones

Executive Pastry Chef & Owner

Ganache Dessert Bar

Introducing Michael Jones, a CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® alumni, now executive chef and owner of Ganache Dessert Bar in Houston, Texas.

See The Interview Video

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