Luke Stuart, Founder & Academy Director

A wealth of experience in both hospitality and education; a chef since 1997 and a teacher since 2004 working in London, the Mediterranean and Caribbean – working for the Rouxs, Tom Conran, Ivana Trump and a former senior chef tutor at Tante Marie Culinary Academy, part owned by Gordon Ramsay.

Luke’s Highlights:
UK Cookery School of the Year 2018 – Food & Travel Magazine
Regional Education Award 2018 – BAPTA
Britain’s Favourite Small Cookery School 2014/15 – by public vote
Best Cookery Tutor 2014/15 – UK Cookery School Awards (2x Finalist)
Further Education Teacher, Level 5/Stage 3
Cordon Bleu Diploma, Level 4

Luke’s Interests include: Fitness, tennis and boat fishing.


Claire Alexander-Brown, Head of Studies & Student Liaison

Claire is unquestionably one of the most beloved culinary experts in the UK today. Former Principle at the once mighty Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Surrey, Claire has mentored thousands of students to success over two decades.

With a keen eye for recipe development and an encyclopaedic culinary knowledge WhitePepper’s students benefit greatly from Claire’s experience and her engaging style.

“I adore Dorset for its wonderful food community and cottage-style artisan suppliers. Good food is a great journey whether the goal is for a career or simply to enrich one’s life. It’s certainly done that for me and I’d love to show you how it can be so.”


Alex Brady, Head Chef & Lead Tutor 

Alex is one of the most sought after chef tutors in the UK today and for very good reason; former Head Chef Gordon Ramsay Academy, Head Chef at the famous Tante Marie Culinary Academy, former employee to the Roux Brothers to name but a few accolades.

With thousands of culinary arts graduates under his wing, bags of commercial experience and an exploding YouTube channel this chef brings it all.

“I’ve know Luke for over 15 years and as a previous Level 4 Graduate myself, I share the values and visions of a trainee. I recognise the benefits and outcomes for both professional and amateur cookery. I love unpacking seemingly technical recipes into manageable steps. Crucially, this makes them achievable and fun!”.


Lesley Waters, Celebrity Tutor 

One of Britain’s best loved celebrity chefs. Well known for her cookery books and television appearances on Ready Steady Cook (BBC), Great Food Live (UKTV) and This Morning (ITV). Famed for her engaging style and stunning food combinations. Join Lesley in-person on her Sunday Cook School and for her first online course, Cooking For Friends. Discover fail proof entertaining with sensational lip smacking flavours. If you love food, you’ll love Lesley’s approach to cooking.


Claire Holliday, Head of Customer Success

Combining a passion for Human Psychology and Business, Claire has worked across the Marketing industry, for clients including Tesco, Ford and Hitachi. She has travelled extensively and is passionate about international food, especially Asian cuisine.

Her main priority at WhitePepper is to support the students define which courses will maximise their potential and enable their goals, ensuring that all make the most of their time with us and go on to reach their full potential!

Claire’s interests include: sharing a meal with friends and family, dog walking and yoga.


Tristan Hasting, Kitchen Assistant


Max Payne, Kitchen Assistant