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Houston food guru to be knighted by France: How the dinner of the decade just got better

Houston food guru to be knighted by France: How the dinner of the decade just got better

We already know that culinary superstars Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse will be coming to Houston this month to cook for the Harris County Sheriff's Office Foundation. (And if you don't already have tickets, you're out of luck: The $2,500-per-seat dinner has been sold out for weeks.)

But one more piece of good news has emerged about the weekend visit. Marie LeNôtre, the founder and director of Houston's Culinary Institute LeNôtre, will be awarded the French Knight of the National Order of Merit Medal on Sept. 28 during a ceremony at the institute.

Boulud will present LeNôtre with the honor, which is presented to French citizens for distinguished civil or military achievements, and all three chefs will tour the college, addressing students and signing books.

In addition, 12 Culinary Institute LeNôtre students will have the opportunity to assist the chefs at the benefit dinner (which also supports the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation) on Sept. 29.

Greek Gala 2010, Marie LeNotre, Alain LeNotre
Marie LeNotre, shown here with husband Alain LeNotre Photo by Kim Coffman