Alain Lenotre is a certified pastry chef, candy maker, and ice cream maker. He was trained as a cook at a famous 3-Star Michelin restaurant in Paris, The Grand Vefour. He was also the General Director of LENOTRE PARIS from 1972-1982. In addition to that, he received a Master Baker Certificate from Retail Bakers of America in July 1987.
In 1998, Alain and Marie Lenotre opened the Culinary Institute Lenotre. The culinary college located in Houston, Texas, United States, offering associate degrees in Culinary Arts and Baking and Pastry Arts. The school has been ranked number one 2019 Best Colleges for Culinary Arts in America by Niche.com. The school is nationally accredited by ACCSC and is approved to participate in the Federal Student Aid programs by the Department of Education.
In 2010, Alain Lenotre was granted the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Merite Agricole.
In October 2011, Alain Lenotre opened Le Bistro. Located within the Culinary Institute Lenotre, the Lounge is a restaurant open to the public while also serving as a training center for students.
Alain Lenotre motto is "Tradition, Quality & Respect". he chose the word tradition because he is the third generation of Chefs in the Lenotre Family. His father Gaston, the world's most famous Pastry Chef and caterer, is as admired as Anthoine Careme and Auguste Escoffier. His grandmother, Eleonore, was the chef for the Rothschild family. His grandfather, also named Gaston, was the chef at the Grand Hotel in Paris.
Alain serves the French Veterans of Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma and is their president for over eight years. He received the Bronze Medal from the city of Houston and was nominated as Honorary Texan by Governor Rick Perry.
ALAIN LENOTRE RECOGNIZED BY THE FRENCH SENATE
On September 14, 2018, the French Senator, Mr. Damien Regnard, visited the City of Houston to honor Alain Lenotre, founder and President of the Culinary Institute Lenotre, by bestowing him with the Medal of the French Senate.
Senator Regnard is part of a group of 12 Senators elected in the Senate to represent French citizens that are established abroad in the Senate. The ceremony was held in the Lenotre Culinary College in the presence of many French friends of Alain and Marie Lenotre.
Senator Regnard’s speech recognized Alain Lenotre for founding the first and only French owned Culinary Arts College in the U.S. 20 years ago (just ranked #1 out of the 66 best in America by Niche.com). Senator Regnard commended Alain Lenotre for his volunteer work and generosity to the many French associations in Texas, especially founding and presiding the French Veterans of Texas Association and founding the Texas Association of French Solidarity.