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Mr. Les Thorpe
Chef Thorpe is a dedicated culinary professional with over 25 years of experience in the industry. A combination of education and hard work provided him with outstanding opportunities at renowned restaurants throughout Alabama, Florida and Texas. Chef Thorpe merged his love for cooking and teaching 12 years ago when he started the first high school culinary arts program in Mobile County. He was thrilled to bring another stellar program, closer to home at Daphne High School.
Chef Thorpe has received numerous awards and accolades from fellow culinarians but his most rewarding experience is inspiring young chefs. Chef Thorpe has also taught culinary classes at Faulkner State Community College and the University of South Alabama. Chef Thorpe is an innovative culinarian who enjoys sharing his skills with students; always impressing upon his pupils that strong technique, creativity, hard work, and an excellent knife set will take them far.
When not cooking or teaching, he enjoys staying active with his family, playing or coaching soccer, or bicycling at the Gulf State Park.