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Dear Friends and Supporters of the Culinary Arts,
Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that works to raise much needed scholarship funds for deserving students who aspire to obtain a career in the culinary arts.
Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship wants to ensure that the heritage of Chef Gaston LeNôtre lives on and that his legend in gastronomy lives on by supporting “student-chefs” that strive for excellence.
The Scholarship Endowment was renamed in 2009, as a tribute to the man who was hailed as the world’s most famous pastry chef and caterer of our era. Chef Gaston LeNôtre, who passed away on January 8, 2009 at the age of 88, taught his apprentices never to compromise on quality, to strive for perfection and to pass on the knowledge and skills of artisan craftsmanship to future generations.
Chef Gaston LeNôtre
Not only did Chef Gaston LeNôtre revolutionize the art of catering and pastry making, he helped to define "nouvelle patisserie" and create light and delicate desserts through modern techniques. Renowned chefs Alain Ducasse, Michel Richard, and Pierre Hermé to name a few studied under the master in Paris.
In addition to his exquisite taste and professional "savoir faire", Chef Gaston LeNôtre always challenged conventional wisdom by making bold moves. Among the list of his achievements are: the first chain of upscale pastry shops in Paris with a central kitchen, the first French professional re-training chef school, the first line of gourmet, frozen desserts distributed all over France, the first international French pastry-bakery shop franchise network and a line of recipe books translated into English, German, Danish and Japanese with more than a million copies sold.
Chef Gaston LeNôtre was highly regarded for his warm personality, while still maintaining impeccable standards. It was his attention to detail which made him the official caterer of French presidents, prime ministers, foreign affairs ministers, and corporations such as Christian Dior, Ford, Mercedes-Benz, Hermes, Cartier, etc. He also catered for kings, and celebrities all over the world. In January 2009 in a press communiqué, French President Nicolas Sarkozy called Chef Gaston LeNôtre “one of the greatest masters of taste.”
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Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship
In addition, Marie Lenotre has created another viable source of scholarship funds through her memoir, Appetites.
In Appetites, Marie Lenotre shares her love story with Alain LeNôtre, only son of legendary Pastry Chef Gaston Lenotre, and the difficulties in establishing the notable Culinary Institute Lenotre in the US.
Most importantly, this delightful and riveting memoir details the history of the famous LeNôtre name and its culinary pursuits. All proceeds from the book will benefit the Gaston Lenotre Scholarship Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) organization.
"We received an advance review copy of Appetites: A Memoir and have already finished it, which was no chore. The book is a page-turner, with some breathtaking revelations about how the respected French culinary school came into existence. Appetites: A Memoir is not only an enjoyable read -- it also helps people get a culinary education. Proceeds are being donated to the Gaston LeNôtre Scholarship fund, named for Alain Le Nôtre's famous pastry chef father. "
- Phaedra Cook, Houston Press Correspondent
The name LeNôtre is famous worldwide. Gaston and Colette LeNôtre created a food empire, one of the greatest culinary families of France. Their son and daughter-in-law, Alain and Marie, carried the tradition to the United States where they created the Culinary Institute LeNôtre in Houston, Texas. Marie’s book Appetites is an autobiography, a love story, a business history about the LeNôtre family’s struggle in the new world, and a confessional about her interior struggle. The LeNôtre family saga is told with grace, as is Marie’s search for inner peace. I enjoyed it tremendously and heartily recommend Marie LeNôtre’s Appetites.