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Cornelius veakins

Wood, Fire & smoke Consultant



Born in South Africa, matured in France, rendered to the UK.


After all my years of commuting, waiting in airports, nonsensical meetings, office politics and general corporate bullshit – I decided to chuck it all in and follow my instincts and dreams.


It has been hard, and sometimes disastrous, but through my own endeavours I have created my own niche in the world. Simply, I love what I do and I want everyone to love fire cooking as much as me!


I spend my time trying to change the way we all think about barbecuing and outdoor cooking to show the wonderful world of wood, fire and smoke cooking.


Contact Me


I consult with many hospitality businesses

  • choosing and buying commercial indoor or outdoor wood, fire and smoke equipment
  • design and build of commercial outdoor kitchens
  • recipe development
  • chef training
  • product development
  • content marketing

02. demo chef

Outdoor cooking demonstrations at trade shows, chef events, food festivals, retailers, networking events and for private individuals and groups.

  • ceramic barbecues
  • South African braai
  • cold and hot smoking,
  • Argentine parrilla grill
  • woodfired ovens
  • Japanese yakatori

03. Training

I advise and train chefs and individuals in the world of wood, fire and smoke cooking.

I have worked from Michelin Starred Chefs to home cooks to train them up in how to get the best from wood, fire and smoke cooking.

Wood, Fire & Smoke Consultant

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