Presentation and History
Alain LeNÃ´tre comes from a famous Parisian family. Thirty years ago, he created the chef's school "Ecole LeNÃ´tre" in Paris, France, one of the world's best retraining school, where he taught for a number of years. He developed the international LeNÃ´tre pastry shop franchise and technical assistance departments, expanding the LeNÃ´tre chains in Japan, Germany and Brazil also helping his parents's business to become the number one caterer in France. After receiving a request for a franchise in the USA, Alain and his wife Marie started their own business in Houston in 1983 with a retail and wholesale bakery. In 1998, they opened an international cooking and baking school, named Alain & Marie LeNÃ´tre Culinary Institute, and began enrroling students. Today, the school welcomes about 350 students. The Culinary Institute LeNÃ´tre is one of two post-secondary schools in Houston, Texas, accredited by the American Culinary Foundation.
Alain LeNÃ´tre,Culinary Institute LeNÃ´tre's chairman, is a Certified Pastry Chef, candy marker and ice cream maker was also trained as a cook at the Grande Vefour, a 3-star Michelin Restaurant in Paris, France. He earned an executive MBA from the Sorbonne and has over 40 years of experience.
Marie LeNÃ´tre is the Director of the Culinary Institute LeNÃ´tre since 1998. Mrs. LeNÃ´tre acquired a Masterâs Degree in Public Health Education from the University of Texas and a Masterâs Degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston. Marie LeNÃ´tre helped create the Culinary Endowment & Scholarship, the "Gaston LeNÃ´tre Scholarship,"  for underprivileged students who aspire to a culinary career. She was also 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 President of the Houston Texas Chapter Les Dames dâEscoffier, a society of professional women of achievement in the food and beverage industry.
Culinary Institute LeNotre hosts Kris Bistro and Wine Lounge whose, "purpose is to give students the experience of working and serving at a restaurant before they head out into the real world."
Kris Bistro & Wine Lounge is a modern French bistro supporting and showcasing local growers, local artists, French wines and aspiring chefs. Kris Bistro is a collective effort between Mr. Alain LeNÃ´tre and Chef Kristofer Jakob. They envision the restaurant to be a training center for students to build real-time kitchen speed and restaurant organizational skills under experienced Executive Chef Kris Jakob.
"I had one of the most exquisite meals the other week when his restaurant -- an incubator for budding young student chefs at the school."
The Institute offers Diplomas and Associate of Applied Sciences Degrees
-Elite DiplÃ´me de Cuisine
-Elite DiplÃ´me in Culinary Arts
-Elite DiplÃ´me de PÃ¢tisserie
-Elite DiplÃ´me in Baking & Pastry Arts
-A.A.S. Degree in Culinary Arts
-A.A.S. Degree in Baking & Pastry Arts
-A.A.S. Degree in Hospitality and Restaurant Management (Elective to choose between Hotel and Sommelier classes)<br /
The Institute also recently created a Sommelier Certificate in 3 levels for non-degree seekers.
Faculty, location and equipment
The Culinary Institute employs French-trained Chefs who have more than 10 years experience in the field.
Culinary Institute LeNÃ´tre has a North (Main) Campus and a South (Facility Expansion) Campus. The North Campus is located at 7070 Allensby, Houston TX 77022 and the South Campus at 3910 North Freeway, Houston TX 77022.
Culinary Institute LeNÃ´tre's North Campus is located in a 28,000 sq.ft. two-story building constructed of reinforced concrete. The first floor houses four Cuisine labs, pantry, the Boutique, an amphitheater and restaurant for a la carte student training, student lounge and faculty offices. The second floor houses two Cuisine kitchen labs with commercial grade equipment in all instructional areas, student locker rooms, student lounge, a conference room and a dining area for students, faculty, and staff to have their food presentation and tasting.
Culinary Institute LeNÃ´tre's South Campus is located in a 10,000 sq, ft. one-story building. This building houses administrative offices, student cafe and five academic classrooms. A conference room, student computer room and study area in the Learning Resource Center.
- Official site
- French father site
- Gaston LeNÃ´tre wikipedia page
- LeNÃ´tre legacy