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Empowering & supporting those who want to confidently cook well, eat well & live well

Our mission is to make everyone confident in cooking nutritious, delicious and effortless food because everyone deserves to cook well, eat well and live well.
At DizzleSky, we believe that everybody is unique and is in their element when they perform at their best. Not cooking to their strengths makes a person lose confidence in the kitchen and think that they can’t cook.
When a person understands who they truly are and how they can perform at their best, their cooking potential becomes limitless. They feel natural in the kitchen and can cook, eat, and live better.
Through coaching, courses and a membership we enable people to grow their kitchen confidence because everybody deserves to cook nutritious, delicious and effortless food and feed their family well for life.

Dream Team

Understanding, supporting, empowering

Annabel Gonifas, Founder, Coach & Chef

I’ve always loved food. I’m from a foodie family, I grew up in Belgium surrounded by beautiful flavours, and I find inspiration in fresh seasonal produce. In 1997, I trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London and I’ve cooked in professional and private kitchens for over 20 years. This took me to wild and wonderful locations where I had to be resourceful as there was often no supermarket to be seen.

 

In 2002, I moved to the ski resort of St Anton, Austria to live and work for 12 years where I met my husband! We travelled in the summers to Bali, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa (he’s South African) and loved eating all the food and absorbing ourselves in the countries and cultures. My food is based on fresh, local seasonal produce with an emphasis on healthfulness and has definite influences from these countries.

 

In 2005, I went on to be the Head Chef of a hotel/restaurant/pub on the tiny island of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides. Working with the freshest ingredients available day by day – mentored by renowned recipe author and menu consultant Hugo Arnold who has worked with The Ivy and Avoca. I was incredibly fortunate to cook from organic vegetables grown in the estate walled garden, and deal directly with Graham the farmer, Bill the crab man, Andrew the oyster and honey man, the fishing boats from Oban, and the organic farmers on Mull. Utter heaven!

 

In 2007, my husband and I headed back to the ski resort of St Anton, Austria to start our own chalet business called Alpine Evolution which we ran for 6 years. We had a 16-person chalet and a 6 person chalet and a team of 5. My kitchen was tiny and open plan and it led to lots of conversations with guests around food, and what they cooked, and I was always fascinated by their stories and what they enjoyed about cooking and what they found was really hard. I did a lot of listening here and heard how interested (but often confused) people were around cooking for their family. There was real emphasis in the chalets on good homemade local seasonal food. Guests often asked me for recipes which led me to writing my first cookbook.

 

In 2013, we moved to the UK, with our 7 month old. I stopped cooking, and worked in Travel Sales. This led me to discovering the power of Insights and Personality Profiling which changed my life.  While I was working full time, I went on top have 2 more children, and I soon realized how much harder it was to cook well when you had zero time and energy and how it was relentless feeding your family nutritious food.

 

But I knew my purpose in life was in supporting people to live better through the everyday choices they made around food. I have observed many ‘better food’ initiatives and had seen that many didn’t have a clear, practical direction and that at its core, changing the way we eat and our behaviours around food is all about humans, individuals, and their habits…

 

So, I left my travel sales job in 2019 to focus on DizzleSky full time. I had started to translate Personality Types into the kitchen and realized that there was a Cooking Type per main colour Personality Type. I started working with case studies with amazing results as once people were confident with who they were and understood more about how they worked, and matched their cooking to a Cooking Type, they felt much more confident about cooking (which led on to better eating and ultimately living a better life). My first case study lost 3 stone and her husband reversed his pre-diabetes and came off blood pressure tablets as they were eating more healthfully. Huzzah!

 

I knew Cooking Types needed to be understood as a global language with proper structure behind it, so I trained as a Clarity4D facilitator and continued to explore, kitchen confidence and how cooking to people’s strengths meant that they felt natural in the kitchen (which in turn meant they moved away from processed and ultra-processed food, could understand how to manage their kitchen and kitchen set up to suit them and ultimately, it helped them eat better and live a more healthful life).

 

I realised how powerful some of these conversations were getting as client’s were opening up to me and confiding with how they felt about food and cooking. Anxiety, overwhelm, confusion and guilt were the main themes, so in 2020 I completed a Professional Coaching and Mentoring Diploma with the OCM (accredited with the EMCC) to give me the ethics and competencies of how to support people to reach their goals and make the changes they were looking for.

 

And here we are today and I couldn’t feel more like this is my purpose in life! Running an online membership and coaching practice empowering and supporting those who confidently want to cook well, eat well and live well, and helping clients discover their Cooking Type for sustainable long-term change is incredibly rewarding. Quite simply, I love my job! Seeing people transform their lives for the better… there’s nothing like it.

 

I now live in South Devon with my husband, children, dog and chickens and love learning to surf, cliff walks, and pottering around in the garden.

Vicki Doyle, Operations Guru

Vicki and I have worked together since 2014. I am the creative and she creates brilliant systems and processes which bring my ideas to life in an organised fashion… we are a dream team in the true sense of the word!

 

Vicki is a special human. She cares, she is empathetic, enthusiastic and dynamic and a passionate problem solver. She works behind the scenes to make your experience of DizzleSky as welcoming, friendly and comfortable as possible.

 

In her words “My energy comes from people and my surroundings, and in a work environment for me it’s important that I’m focusing my efforts in helping others, improving processes and creating a positive and enabling dynamic.”

Happiness Heroes

Thula & Luna

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