Chef Drew with Scholarship Foundation President Marie LeNotre
Chef Drew Rogers was Presented the First-ever Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Foundation’s
Scholarship Recipient Alumnus Ambassador Award
Drew’s Pastry Place owner Chef Andrew “Drew” Rogers, the pastry chef renowned for his creation of Cannoli Cupcakes on national television, was presented the first-ever Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Foundation’s Scholarship Recipient Alumnus Ambassador Award. Scholarship Foundation President Marie LeNotre made the presentation as part of the Foundations’ Champagne & Chocolat Scholarship Gala, which raises funds to assist many culinary art students – like Culinary Institute LeNotre alum Drew Rogers – in completing their education and achieving their career goals.
The black-tie dinner, which honored Foundation Board Member Paula Sutton as the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship Ambassador, included a champagne reception, gourmet dinner, Can Can entertainment, live music, dancing, auctions and petit fours, cake and chocolates galore at the River Oaks Country Club.
“We’re pleased to honor Chef Rogers with our Inaugural Scholarship Recipient Alumnus Ambassador Award. His great success with Drew’s Pastry Place is an inspiration to current students and a reflection of the impact the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship and generous support of donors has on the culinary field,” said Marie LeNotre. The award coincides with the 10th anniversary of Rogers’ graduation from Culinary Institute LeNotre.
All Champagne & Chocolat Gala proceeds benefit the Gaston LeNotre Scholarship, a 501 (C) (3) organization that awards scholarships to deserving culinary students. Scholarships are based upon financial need and professional merit and are awarded four times annually. To date the foundation has distributed more than $500,000 in tuition scholarships.
In 2003, when he turned 40, Drew’s wife, Carla, asked him “If time and money were no object, what would you do?” He thought for a minute and said, “I’d be a pastry chef.” So with two young children at home and the support of his family, Drew embarked on a rigorous 46-week journey, four nights a week, five hours a night, still running his direct mail marketing business during the day for most of that time. “The LeNotre Foundation scholarship award dollars really helped tremendously during this time as I was phasing out one career and embarking on another and having a family to support. The LeNotres have always been incredibly encouraging and supportive and I will always be grateful to them,” said Drew. “Culinary school was rigorous, but it was my passion.” After graduating in June 2005, Rogers closed his direct mail marketing business and started from scratch to fulfill his life-long dream. He worked as an assistant pastry chef for Master Chef Fritz Gitschner at the Houston Country Club for four years before opening Drew’s Pastry Place, in the Champions/Cy Fair area.
Rogers translated his classical French culinary training from LeNotre into Italian to reflect his family heritage. He brings his flair to such specialty sweets as cannoli (note the smooth texture of his ricotta cheese filling), Italian crème cake, sfogliatelli and tiramisu. In 2014, after appearing on the internationally televised reality TV show, “Bakery Boss” with Buddy Valastro, Chef Rogers created a signature dessert – a Cannoli Cupcake – that has taken Houston by storm. Cannoli Cupcakes combine Rogers’s love of creating traditional Italian pastry with the ever-popular American staple of cupcakes. His specialty cannoli cupcakes are now available in red velvet, vanilla and chocolate.
Drew’s Pastry Place, 10300 Louetta Road, offers bagels from New York, specially blended coffee recipes, wide assortments of brightly colored pastries, mouth watering desserts including his signature Italian cream cake, tiramisu, cannolis, cheesecake, Italian cookies, créme brulee and more. For further information, visit http://drewspastryplace.com or call 832-717-3530.