About Jacqueline Wise & Her Private Chefs

Show-stopping dishes showcasing the best local and seasonal produce, coupled with exceptional service is our passion; we absolutely love what we do and we want to share that passion with you!


Our Founder and Head Chef Jacqueline, launched the business in 2013 after completing a Cordon Bleu Diploma at Tante Marie Culinary Academy and the level 4 diploma in Professional Culinary Arts. She has worked at The Ritz London, two Michelin Star restaurants and Buckingham Palace before setting up her own private dining offering for dinner parties and private events.


Jacqueline loves to forage, garden, cook on fire, educate about regenerative food and build a likeminded community of nature-loving foodies who care about connecting with others and the natural world around them through good food.


Her cooking style is modern European, with a lean towards traditional French cuisine. She specialises in seafood, fire-cookery and game. Jacqueline and her team also run Kelmsley Catering which caters for Weddings, and Positively Delicious, a Nomadic Cookery School with foraging and fire-cookery experiences across Sussex and Surrey. Jacqueline and her team of chefs also offer private cookery lessons in your own home, or at our professional kitchens in Pagham, near Chichester. We can offer vouchers as gifts, please get in touch for more information. 


Since 2013 we have grown to include a happy band of creative individuals who share our Founder's enthusiasm, high standards and exceptional attention to detail in all things food. Jacqueline has personally trained every chef in the specific recipes, cooking skills, plating techniques and level of service we offer and pride ourselves on.


Jacqueline has designed five set private dining menus to choose from, or if you would like to book Jacqueline personally, she offers a bespoke 9-course tasting menu, inspired by her allotment, seasonal offerings from her extensive network of local suppliers, and your favourite ingredients. Fresh Oysters shucked freshly in your home are mainstay for these experiences! Please email us for a sample menu.


Jacqueline also has many years of experience catering larger events with her experienced team. From canapes and bowl food for 100, bespoke buffets for a Birthday bash, or funeral catering, we can serve delicious food, serve the drinks you supply, rent in any equipment needed, and help manage your special celebration in everyway. 



Private Chef Sam


With over 25 years of experience in the culinary world, Sam has worked in leading head chef roles across the South in high end restaurants and award winning establishments. He is organised, professional and always ready for a quick joke and a smile to keep the kitchen atmosphere tip top. His cooking is creative, with excellent presentation and we are lucky to have someone with his knowledge and wisdom as part of our team.

Private Chef Cat


Cat is a highly motivated cookery teacher, food writer, and chef with 5 years of experience in the food and drink events industry. She holds a CTH Level 4 Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts from Leiths School of Food and Wine. Catr has excelled in roles such as Chef de Partie at Plateau, Sous Chef at The Gardener Cafe, and worked for Hunter Gather Cook.


Private Chef Izzy


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 food presentation and pastry work. 

Private Chef Karleen


Having worked with Jacqueline for nearly half a decade, there isn't a recipe of Jacqueline's chef Karleen doesn't know. A true foodie, her meticulous preparation for private dining, passion for good food and excellent sense of humour makes her a popular chef with our regular customers. From Australia originally but having travelled the world, she is particularly passionate about Mediterranean food, with her favourite dessert being the perfect panna cotta, yum! 

Our Front of House Team


Including David, Lou, Bee, Sally & Nicky our front of team are a professional and friendly bunch who pride themselves on their personal service. They help our chefs to prep your food, as well as serving, clearing and washing up, all with a smile! We offer a wine matching service for seated dinners, and also a bar service for larger events, serving the drinks you supply. 

Why Hire A Private Chef?


Spend your evening enjoying your guest's company, not washing up


Having a friendly and professional chef prepare your meal, serve, clear and wash up while you relax will mean you can enjoy your guests company, without the usual stress of entertaining. Just eat the food and drink the wine!


Everyone will be catered for, celiac, lactose free or vegan, no probem


Allergies and food intolerances can make eating out a nightmare, booking our service guarantees all your guests dietary requirements and tastes are catered for, with out any additional cost as we can prepare ahead with them in mind.


Create a 'sense of occasion' to be remembered


From Birthdays to Anniversaries and gatherings of family and friends, good food brings people together and makes them happy. Our chefs are specifically trained to make the host feel at ease that their event will be a success from the moment they arrive. Whether it be your first Private Dining Experience or one of many enjoyable times entertaining, we can bring the right level of engagement to the party and add that something extra - a truly personal service.


Private Dining is perfect for those with families or elderly guests


No need for a baby sitter when dining at home, we bring the restaurant to you. Elderly guests who may prefer the comfort of being at home, can also join in the fun too.


It can cost less than eating out


From parking and taxis, to baby sitters and expensive wine, eating out can be pricey. Spend your savings on fine wines instead!


Learn tips and tricks from your Chef


Watch as gorgeous dishes are plated up in front of your very eyes. Learn new skills and ideas and hear interesting chef stories from the other side of the pass, sure to please any fellow foodie!


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