Student Life at Culinary Institute Lenôtre in Houston is filled with emotion and offers a wealth of learning opportunities.
Get involved, make new friends, enjoy your time as a student!
Competitions & Demos
There is always a reason for students and Chefs to showcase their many talents! Culinary Institute Lenôtre 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 Lenôtre team. Individual and group prizes are awarded, creating a close-knit community!
- Easter Celebration Cake Competition
- Easter/Spring Chocolate Showpiece Competition
- Mercer Knife Skills Demo
- Halloween Chocolate Showpiece Contest
- Halloween Celebration Cakes Contest
- 1st Annual Crawfish Competition
- 2nd Annual Puratos Sandwich competition
- Lenôtre National Symposium on Pastry Arts: Chocolate Showpiece Competition
- Tajin Culinary Challenge 2016
- 1st Annual Puratos Sandwich Competition
- Ben E. Keith 2015 competition
- and more…
The Student Life Department organizes a Student Celebration Day, formally known as 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.
See the pictures of our previous Student Celebration Days here:
- April 2018: Easter/Spring
- February 2018: Valentines Day
- October 2017: Spooky Halloween
- August 2017: Casino Royale
- August 2016: Rio Olympics 2016
- July 2016: 4th of July S.A.D
- April 2016: Fiesta
- January 2016: Mardi Gras
- October 2015: Halloween Bash!
- September 2015: Student Appreciation Day- Hollywood
- July 2015: Student Appreciation Day Luau
- February 2015: Culinary Rodeo
- October 2014: Spooktacular Student Appreciation Day
Students’ Daily Presentations
Every class day, students present their food to their classmates in the North Building Dinning Room. At 12:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 9:00 pm, dishes are tasted by all Chefs and students as they enjoy dinner in a family style setting. It’s the perfect opportunity to share experiences, techniques and expand your pallet.
Social Media Community
All students are encouraged to join the independent Facebook Group, Culinary Institute Lenôtre Students (click here to join the group). This is a group for Culinary Institute Lenôtre’s 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 C.I.L. administration.
Student Life Events
We want to make the time students are in school meaningful and enjoyable. Whether it be educational or social, Student Life hosts events through out the year that are free and open to all students. Take a look at our pictures for a taste of the fun at CIL and follow us on social media for all event updates!