James- Co-founder & General Manager
James has always been a pickle person. Growing up in Virginia, USA his mother claims that from as early as age 2, he’s been hoovering them down. And without spoiling the end of the story, the love affair has continued between James and his pickled pals. In fact, you could say things are getting pretty serious.
So when this American boy met our Australian girl whilst volunteering in the Kingdom of Tonga, his fate was sealed- life in Australia was on the horizon. Fast forward to 2017, raising two kids on Victoria’s picturesque Mornington Peninsula, James’ life is going pretty great. Except there’s just one thing- there’s a pickle shaped hole in his heart.
From imports to imposters, James and Liza sought out alternatives but nothing could fill the void- and in that moment, Dillicious was born. In the absence of a worthy pickle came the inspiration to make their own. So you see it’s not just our pickling process that’s authentically American-inspired but our origin story too.
Backed with extensive food industry experience James takes on the role of General Manager covering everything from warehouse logistics, production management as well as partnerships with suppliers, stockists and food service clients. So if you see a tall guy wearing a pickle shirt and a really big smile, make sure you smile back- that’s our guy.
Liza- Co-founder & Dietitian
Unlike her pickle obsessed co-founder/husband, I’m afraid to admit that Liza has not always been a pickle person. Hailing from the Mornington Peninsula, pickles weren’t a common household item growing up. However, what she lacked in pickle eating experience, Liza’s qualifications as a practicing dietitian have well and truly come in handy.
In order to satisfy James’ cravings for pickles, Liza did her research sourcing out the best she could get her hands on and sampling them with her pickle-crazed counterpart. But it wasn’t until they experimented with making their own did she realise just how good pickles could be…the crunch, the tang, the flavour- and good for you too! What’s not to love?
As Dillicious’ very first pickle convert, Liza is a stickler for quality believing that the best pickles come from the best produce. Passionate about food that champions Australian producers, Liza is committed to ensuring that Dillicious pickles always hero premium produce. Packaged onsite and distributed across Australia, Dillicious is proudly Aussie made.
Alongside her role as the Dillicious in-house Dietitian, Liza maintains her long-standing tenure at Monash University as a lecturer and PhD candidate in public health nutrition and sustainable food systems. Backed by over 18 years of experience in hospitals, community health centers and not-for-profits, Liza is also an Advanced Accredited Practicing Dietitian and proud member of the Dietitians Australia and the Public Health Association of Australia.
Elliot & Heidi
Taking their role very seriously indeed, nothing but the best gets past these two. Sticklers for quality and keen on the crunch, Elliot & Heidi provide the kid-friendly tick of approval. Looks like there might be a way to get your kids to eat greens after all- the proof is in the pickle! You can catch these two at the Farmers market stalls spruiking jars with their Mum & Dad or sampling the latest goods on the ‘gram.
The only Kirby this family won’t pickle is this one. Part golden retriever, part poodle, Kirby is the latest member of the Barbour family and an absolute heart breaker. Kirby takes his name from the cucumber variety used for Dillicious pickles and we might be a little biased but we think Kirby is as cute as the cucumber is crunchy.