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Cornelius Veakins

Independent chef consultant specialising in wood, fire and smoke cooking.

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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.

Which Charcoal for Your BBQ?

Good charcoal to a barbecuer is as fundamental as having the right flour to a baker or using fresh herbs to a chef. Charcoal should be considered as an ingredient  because it adds flavour to your food and it makes barbecuing easier by providing a regular and easily...

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...

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