Learn more about what it is like to be a student at CIL from stories of current students to the lifestyle in Houston. Get a taste of what studying at  LENOTRE® is all about!
Meet CIL Students
At CIL, you will make connections for a lifetime. Your classmates will come from all over the United States and around the world. You will form friendships that will become the basis for your professional network, lasting for so many years and experiences ahead. Read the portrait of some of CIL students.
An Active Student Life
The Student Life department will offer the 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
CIL takes pride in all the international cultures that together make the strength of our educational programs. A cultural melting pot always creates amazing results in the culinary field. See what it takes to apply if you are an international student!

Meet Our Students
Unlike so many culinary schools who only think about profit margins, the focus of CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® (CIL) is to train 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 for student chefs and make CIL proud with the incredible careers they go on to build for themselves. Check out our featured students for each month below.

Student Life at CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE® 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 LENOTRE® 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 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 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!
February 2015: Culinary Rodeo
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 LENOTRE® Students (click here to join the group). This is a group for CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE’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!

Student Services
Here at CULINARY INSTITUTE LENOTRE®, 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 am – 5:30 pm 
Wednesdays: Hours extended to 7:30 pm for 
Financial Aid and Registrar 
Career & Student Services Advisor | South Building
Katoshia Merriett | 713.358.5094
  • Practicum matching
  • Job placement assistance
  • Resume mentoring
  • Interview skills for diploma students
  • Administer CIL surveys

Library | South Building
Connie Pine | 713.358.5088 | 
  • Learning Resource Center
  • Computer Room
  • Book check-out
  • Resume tutoring for A.A.S. students

Boutique | North Building
Helen Ball | 713.358.5086 ex: 5086 |
  • Student I.D. Processing
  • Uniforms
  • Students Payments

VP of Operations/College Director | North Building
Joseph O’Neill | 713.358.5070 |

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

Director of Academic Affairs | South Building
Todd Patterson | 713.358.5073 |
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Advising to Students
  • Status Change Advising
  • Adjunct Faculty Oversight

Registrar | South Building
Jocelyn Tobar | 713-358-5056 |
  • Assistant to the Academic Affairs Director
  • Degree & program changes
  • Student schedules, attendance and grading

Manager of Financial Aid | South Building
Elsa Pina | 713.358.5052 |
  • FAFSA Process
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships & Grants Assistance
  • Saturday Scholarship workshops

Admissions Manager | North Building
Alicia Orellana | 713.358.5054 |
  • Open houses
  • Student enrollment
  • New students orientation
  • International student inquiry

At the end of each term, Student Graduation takes place in the Crump Amphitheater. Students prepare and showcase dishes for a prestigious jury. The Graduation Ceremony includes speeches from Alain Lenôtre, founder of the school, the Director of Academics and from a couple graduating students. Graduates receive their Diploma, a Toque de Chef, and take pictures with their family. Graduation Ceremony is followed by a buffet reception in the school for family and friends.

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