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Cornelius Veakins

Independent chef consultant specialising in commercial wood, fire and smoke cooking.
Outdoor BBQ Chef

Welcome to My World of Wood, Fire and Smoke

My mission in life is to demonstrate the true versatility of wood, fire and smoke cooking and all year round outdoor cooking.

Creating your own Outdoor Kitchen, whether you are a hospitality business or an individual, will be a journey of discovery and spectacular rewards.

Enjoy my website and I hope you are inspired.

Consultancy Case Studies
As a wood, fire and smoke independent consultant the most important step is to understand your objectives, your mission and your needs. From there I advise on the best products, solutions and training for you. I ensure you get what you need, not just what someone is trying to sell you.

My News

Opinions, updates and general news.

It’s That Time of Year Again…

It's that time of year when we see the real difference between a dedicated outdoor cook and, well, everyone else... It's this time of year that I get most frowns and looks of confusion about why I'm cooking outdoors on a cold Autumn day. For fun I've created my own...

My New Braai

After the Portsmouth Seafood Festival I swapped my old braai for a brand new one and I'm loving the difference.   1) Firebox is now in the middle which means more cooking versatility as I now have two separate fire zones. Either you just use one side for a smaller...

Deer Park: The Hotel of Two Fires

If you know about my fire hero Francis Mallmann, then you will know about his restaurant of seven fires in Argentina. I spend most of time talking about the power of outdoor kitchens and live fire cooking in the hospitality industry and there is still a lot of...

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