Capella Lodge
Chef Profile

Chef Profile

Cooper Dickson is Executive Chef at Capella Lodge. Cooper comes north to Capella from sister property Southern Ocean Lodge, swapping wilder shores for the subtropical paradise of Lord Howe Island.  His experience in working in some of the finest kitchens in Australia has led to a real passion for using fresh produce and creating innovative menus that excite the palate and reflect the ingredients’ fresh, clean flavours.

Now that he’s made Lord Howe Island his home, he’s excited to find the local produce including seafood, herbs, free-range eggs and vegetables is singingly fresh and flavourful. All ingredients not grown or caught on Lord Howe are sourced from the island’s state of NSW.  His passion for foraging is evident in the rapidly expanding kitchen veggie patch – relationships have been cultivated with plants and islanders alike, who have opened their gardens, in a warm show of community, enabling Cooper to showcase the local harvest in a single dish. Rocket flowers, nasturtiums, watercress, oxalis, and various sea herbs are just a small example of the local leaves and flowers Cooper uses on all of his dishes. For a chef with a love of dining ‘locavore’, Lord Howe Island is a pretty perfect place to be.

“Superb position. Consistently superlative cuisine, very well-presented. Exceptional staff, wonderful view.”

Arnold & June Jones QLD, Australia

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Luxury Lodges of Australia

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