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Memoir Tells the Story of a Houston Culinary Family

Marie LeNotre had plans to be a movie star when she graduated with a degree in drama from the Royal Academy in Athens, Greece, but life took a few turns and she ended marrying into a culinary family. Her father-in-law, known as the “Pope of Chocolate,” was the first to introduce an international chain of […]

Appetites A Memoir Book CoverMarie LeNotre had plans to be a movie star when she graduated with a degree in drama from the Royal Academy in Athens, Greece, but life took a few turns and she ended marrying into a culinary family.

Her father-in-law, known as the “Pope of Chocolate,” was the first to introduce an international chain of bakery franchises of which Marie and her husband, Alain, were tapped to move abroad to Houston and America.

The 1980s crash ended that dream, but along the way the couple used their knowledge of all things flour, eggs, butter and sugar to create their own legacy: The Culinary Institute LeNotre, a cooking college located here in Houston.

Now Marie has written Appetites: a Memoir about her experiences. Paige Phelps sat down with her to talk about some highlights.

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