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Name: Haley Bobbitt Hometown: Houston, TX Current city: Houston, TX Course of study: A.A.S Baking & Pastry Arts Year of graduation: March 2019
What has been your inspiration to follow this path?
It was always something I was sure of about my life so I made a plan early on, and stuck with it to ensure I get there.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far at CIL and how has your classroom experience been?
I’ve learned to just go with the flow. It’s the best thing you can do when you’re learning
My first term I was really nervous because I knew it would fly by, and it would be over before I knew it. Labs were obviously my favorite. I grew really close to my classmates, but because of a job offer i had to switch to nights a week before my level two final. Chef Philipe Harrel was the only familiar face and really helped me adjust.
What would you say to the students interested in studying at CIL?
It’s hard to hold down a full time job and school along with other issues that always seem to arise, but if you just buckle down, you’ll get through it.
Outside of CIL, what do you like to do on your personal time?
I work at a podcast studio with Chef Charles Carroll on the weekends. https://chefcharlescarroll.com/podcast/
For its 20th birthday the Culinary Institute Lenotre, its students, alumni, instructors and staff received a beautiful birthday present:
The “Niche” ranking corporation published a list of the 66 Best Culinary Arts Colleges in the U.S. and chose us to be Number One in America for 2019!
Niche “N” rank all the colleges in the U.S. from nursing, computer science, art, international relations, religious study, etc. Their ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from:
The US Department of education
The US Census
The Culinary Institute Lenotre achieved their successful ranking thanks to:
Flexible schedule with 3 shifts of four hours and 45 minutes each, morning ,afternoon and evening classes to choose from daily .
85 % “ hands- on” in classes
Week of four days (Monday to Thursday )
Best Job placement rate plus life- long job matching assistance.
Lowest student chef ratio average of 12 to one.
Students don’t clean pots and pans.
While in kitchen labs students have a full meal tasting class every other day.
Student recreation lounges with free Thea Coffees Milk and fruit bars ,all day long
We are a great team for having achieved #1. Applaud yourself and tell your friends and families.
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 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 unique 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.
Today, October 12, marks a milestone for our students! After months of hard-work, it was finally time for our 108th class to graduate. The ceremony took place at the Sheraton and was filled with friends, family, and inspiring speeches. It is our honor to welcome our students on this new journey as a Chef and to remind them our doors are always open for you. Visit us, let us know how things are going and if you need work, remember, we have lifetime job placement assistance!