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January 19, 2009

Texas Cooking School Chef Alain LeNotre Father Dies

Filed under: Uncategorized — alyssammayhew @ 4:55 pm

Alain LeNorte, famous chef and founder of the Culinary Institute– a cooking school in Houston, Texas (, passed away on January 8th, 2009 at the age of 88.

“Lenotre passed away at his home in the central French region of Sologne after a long illness, said a statement released by his company.”

Both of LeNotre’s parents were cooks.  LeNotre’s father worked in a fine hotel as a chef; and his mother was a private cook for wealthy French banker, baron Pereire.   LeNotre opened his first pastry shop in Paris in 1957.  “Soon he attracted a loyal clientele with his mouth-watering array of mousses, macaroons and charlotte cakes and turned Lenotre into a brand name synonymous with fine patisserie.”

“He was a tireless worker, passionate and curious, unyielding when it came to quality, who succeeded in preparing a solid new guard in the fields of patisserie and cuisine, to which he dedicated his entire life.”

Alain LeNotre, chef of the cooking school in Houston, Texas proclaimed,   “I inherited the love of cooking and baking from my parents and grandparents. My grandmother Eleonore was among the first French woman chefs in the 1900’s. She was the private executive chef for the baron Rothshild family at their residences in paris and Bordeaux. My grandfather, Gaston LeNotre, was chef of the Grand Hotel. In the big city of Paris, when they discovered they were both from the same small village of Normandie, it was love and they married.

They had two boys, my father Gaston and my uncle Marcel.With my mother Colette, my father made the LeNotre name famous in Paris. They were no escape for the next generation of LeNotre’s. Along with my sisters Sylvie and Annie, my wife Marie and I have continued the family tradition of fine cooking and baking and crated another culinary school.”



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