WE ARE POSITIVELY DELICIOUS
Founded by professional chef, passionate gardener and hedgerow forager Jacqueline Wise, based in Ardingly, West Sussex, The Positively Delicious Team offer regenerative-led food experiences across Sussex and Surrey and online, all over the world.
At Positively Delicious, we advocate hyper-seasonal and organic produce, with a focus on soil health. Our aim is to educate our growing audience about the importance of how we source and cook our meals, reduce food waste, improve our own mental and physical health and the health of the planet, through inspirational and energising food experiences.
From foraging walks and picnics, to fire-cookery workshop days, supperclubs or live cookery theatres and feast nights, we cook with local, seasonal, wild and regenerative ingredients where possible that sequester more carbon in to the soil than they produce.
We can create dynamic and memorable bespoke events for corporate and private groups, at a venue of your choice, or at one of our partner sites. We also offer a selection of virtual cooking lessons, suitable for all levels and dietary requirements, hosted via zoom.
We have experienced first-hand the grounding ability of cooking from scratch, with a true connection to where the food has come from and why it matters. We don’t pretend to be laden with all the latest kit, high-tech gismos and cookery gadgets, we generally prefer an open fire, and open minds.
We celebrate honest, high quality food, cooked simply and showcased by experts with infectious enthusiasm for all things edible. We want to inspire our students to express themselves through cookery and in nature, and believe all the best people love to eat - join us!
Meet The Team
Founder & Director
A Cordon Bleu Chef trained at Tante Marie Culinary Academy, Jacqueline has worked at Buckingham Palace, The Ritz and Michelin Star restaurants. Originally a History graduate working in publishing, she retrained as a chef a decade ago to follow her heart create a business from something she adored - cooking. She runs Kelmsley which caters for bespoke Weddings, and Jacqueline Wise Chefs, a private dining offering. During the pandemic Jacqueline ran free online cookery classes to raise spirits and encourage sustainable eating. This, as well as her own journey of personal growth discovering the grounding ability of being truly connected to the food we eat, inspired Positively Delicious. She loves to forage, garden, cook on fire, educate about regenerative food and build a likeminded community of nature-loving foodies who care about their own wellbeing and that of the planet.
Will has worked as a chef for 10 years, learning to cook at Moro, followed by owning an award winning restaurant in Yorkshire.
In more recent years he was Sous chef at Carousel London collaborating with rotating international guest chefs. He loves cooking honest, simple seasonal food especially over fire.
Will heads up our online class offering, including pasta, pizza and tacos, perfect for corporate team building cookery experiences.
Cooking has been Dani's passion since he was 12 years old. Having worked in some of the best kitchens in Spain for 11 years, he has been able to further develop his passion for food and creative flair since becoming a private chef in 2013.
As a Nutritional Consultant, Dani prides himself on creating fresh and healthy dishes that don't compromise on taste. A passionate gardener and member of the Royal Horticultural Society, his home-grown herbs, fruit, flowers and vegetables are a common ingredient in his dishes.
John has been in the cocktail business for many years and the proof is in his delicious cocktails! John loves experimenting with flavours, infusing his own syrups and making fresh purees using natural ingredients. During John's expertly-led cocktail classes you will learn hands-on techniques, the art of muddling, preparing garnishes, and how to add your own unique twist to your cocktail.
Charlie is a content creator, that has worked with numerous individuals, businesses and artists on projects, that have gained reach world-wide.
Charlie has worked with Jacqueline since the beginning, helping to maintain our Website and offer technical support.
He is also an experienced food Videographer and Photographer.
Nikki met Jacqueline in 2014 via Twitter with a desire to learn to be a chef. Fast forward over seven years and she works as a sous chef & event manager for Jacqueline, whilst working in restaurants & other hospitality venues across London & Sussex. She was head chef for Jacqueline’s own wedding!
Prior to being a chef Nikki worked as a youth practitioner and workshop facilitator. Once working in food she discovered she could combine her two passions and impart her love of food and cooking to others through teaching. Whilst living in Brighton she worked at Brighton cookery school developing classes & teaching groups up to thirty children & adults. Her dream one day is to work full time as a cookery teacher following the ethos of Positively delicious.
With a wealth of experience as a private chef, working high end weddings and in top Chalets, Izzy's passion for good food and cookery never fails to inspire.
She loves to cook vegetarian and vegan food especially, focusing on using the seasons as a guide.
She is also a ceramic artist which helps to bring a creative energy to her work in interesting ways. Izzy has worked with Jacqueline for over 5 years, and particularly enjoys teaching.
Nutritional Therapist & Herbalist
Izzy is a nutritional therapist and herbalist. She works with people to help them feel better though herbal medicine and dietary or lifestyle changes and herbs. Izzy is passionate about empowering people to look after their health using natural medicine. Her method is founded on understanding and treating the whole person – rather than their symptoms – with natural solutions backed by science, so they can find a better state of health for the long run. Through her journey, she has been amazed to discover a new lease of life through the transformative power of plants. Now she wants to share the tools to take back our health with a few small changes inspired by nature.
Deer Stalker & Seam Butcher
Having a strong passion for the countryside, nature and animals throughout his childhood, Will decided to embark on a career in gamekeeping. He studied game and wildlife management and currently oversees the management of the deer on the 13,000-acre Leconfield Estate in West Sussex. He runs his own game farm and will be showcasing his seam butchery skills at our venison cookery events.