Appetites: A Memoir

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Bright Sky Press, Feb 15, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages

Although Marie LeN˘tre's life didn't follow the path her mother imagined--Marie as a beautiful, blonde actress in Hollywood--it did find a path that led her to an extraordinary and fulfilling life. As an accomplished student with an array of degrees, Marie is the founder and director of the renowned Culinary Institute LeN˘tre. In Appetites she shares her childhood dreams and adolescent struggles, the pains and joys of love in France, and the way she made the famous culinary name of LeN˘tre her own--and helped spread it across the globe.
Appetites begins with two story lines--the early life of Marie and that of her husband Alain--that meld into one: the story of Marie and Alain together in Houston and the birth of their Culinary Institute. Marie's story traces her journey through Greece and France, and finally settles in the US, weaving her personal and professional struggles together.
Marie writes passionately about difficulties in establishing the school, its eventual success, and the joy she finds in working with the students. Her memoir provides fascinating insight into the LeN˘tre Empire, a heartwarming love story, and a reflection on life's spiritual journey.

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About the author (2015)

Marie LeN˘tre is the Founder and Director of the Culinary Institute LeN˘tre, created with her husband, Alain LeN˘tre, in 1998. Marie has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, a bachelor's degree in Drama from the University of Athens, Greece, a master's degree in Public Health Education, from the University of Texas and a master's degree in English and Creative Writing from the University of Houston.
In 2001, Marie LeN˘tre, with a group of business and philanthropist friends in Houston, created the Culinary Endowment & Scholarship, a Texas non-profit organization that raises scholarship funds for worthy students who aspire to a culinary career. In 2009, The Board renamed the foundation Gaston LeN˘tre Scholarship to honor the late famed chef Gaston LeN˘tre. Marie was the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 President of the Houston, Texas, Chapter of Les Dames d' Escoffier, a society of professional women of achievement in the food and beverage industry. She was honored by the French Government in 2012 with The National Order of Merit at an event officiated by acclaimed Chef Daniel Boulud.
Marie is married to Alain LeN˘tre and lives in Houston and Galveston, Texas, and Ajaccio, France.

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