The Culinary Institute LeNôtre® (CIL) in Houston, Texas was founded in 1998 by Parisian-trained Chef Alain LeNôtre and his wife, Marie. Alain’s father, Gaston LeNôtre, renowned pastry chef and caterer, built a French food empire, along with his wife, Collette. The LeNôtre name is synonymous with the highest standard in French cuisine, and the LeNôtre family is regarded as one of the greatest culinary families of France.
CIL is the only French-owned culinary school in the United States and the largest culinary college in Houston. Alain and Marie have taught their well-honed techniques to CIL students for over 20 years. By doing so, they are ensuring the LeNôtre legacy endures. For three years in a row: 2019, 2020, and 2021 the institute has received the prestigious honor of being named the number one culinary college in America by Niche.com.
The goal of the institute is to train students from all over the world to become the culinary experts of tomorrow. A highly structured curriculum, low student-to-teacher ratio, and training in classic and innovative techniques ensures students learn the skills they need to become model chefs. The institute offers four diplomas and three associate degrees in applied science, respected credentials in the food industry.
CIL occupies two buildings, including its own restaurant, Le Bistro, where students gain practical experience, in Independence Heights. Here, 320 students are taught baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality and restaurant management by 14 full-time international chef-instructors. The student-to-staff ratio is one of the best at eight to one, which is higher than the national average of 15 to one.
CKW LUXE is delighted to present a selection of CIL’s most delicious recipes especially designed for summer and fall for our readers to make and enjoy at home.