Luke Stuart, Founder and Managing Director

A chef since 1997 and a teacher since 2004 in London, the Mediterranean and Caribbean. Experience includes working for the Rouxs, Tom Conran, Ivana Trump and as a Senior Chef Tutor for Tante Marie Culinary Academy, part owned by Gordon Ramsay.

Britain’s Favourite Small Cookery School – by public vote (Winner 2014/15)
Best Cookery Tutor – UK Cookery School Awards (2x Finalist 2014/15)
Further Education Teacher, Level 5/Stage 3

Interests: Tennis, fishing and fitness


Mark Treasure, Chef Director

Joins the teaching team at WhitePepper in January 2017 after an immensely successful career. Mark’s particular niches include, attention to detail and his calming and patient influence. You’ll find Mark on many of the portfolio courses.

1 Star Michelin

Interests: Cycling and fine wines


Aimee Graham, Creative Director & Student Liason

New and existing students will have the most contact with Aimee, who is always on hand to answer any queries. Aimee has  a huge talent for all things creative and is responsible for the interior styling of WhitePepper and communications.

Interests: Music, origami and horticulture


Andrew Ham, Chef Assistant

A qualified and talented chef working behind the scenes helping source outstanding ingredients. You’ll also find Andrew in the kitchen facilitating courses and passing on his culinary knowledge to WhitePepper’s students.

Interests: Off-road biking and classical music


Lara Food Photographer

Lara Jane Thorpe, Food Photographer

A commercial Food and Brand Lifestyle photographer. Lara’s portfolio is built on strong foundations learning the trade alongside iconic photojournalist Steve McCurry. Images have featured everywhere from cookbooks, retail packaging, billboards and been published in Vogue, Tatler, The independent and The Sunday Times.

Food Photographer of the Year, Pink Lady (shortlisted 2016)


John the Forager

John Rensten, Forager

One of the finest foragers in the land, running courses throughout the year for WhitePepper’s professional and recreational students. Join John in our secret foraging locations and get amongst the Dorset countryside, salt marsh and coastal paths.
Author The Edible City, published September 2016
Specialties include: Nutrition, medicine, herbalism, botany, horticultural history.


Teruko Chef Tutor

Teruko Chagrin, Chef Tutor
A hugely artistic and creative chef with a passion to introduce the cultural aspects of this cuisine as well as sharing its exotic flavours and visual beauty. Teruko specialises in creating contemporary Pan-Asian recipes using Dorset ingredients.