- Ambassador & Judge at the World Charcuterie Awards in London 2023 (https://www.worldcharcuterieawards.com/)
- Multiple decades of curing, cold smoking & hot smoking
- US Radio Show Interview about Preserving and Curing Meat
- Dry Curing Consultant for Design and Craft Development of Dry Cured Meats
- Established the Eat Cured Meat Online Whole Muscle Charcuterie Course
- Participated in the River Cottage Meat Curing Course (2011) – I may have known more than the instructor at the time! Great experience though, recommended!
I hunt, savor food, cure meat, and love smoking meat.
Learning and consuming in a circular way, I am always interested in what is happening around the curing and smoking world.
Old school with mixology of new school technology and openness – in a nutshell.
My interest in writing started at University, having a wide area of courses from Marketing, Psychology to Geography, Mass Media Communication, and Philosophy.
Writing, researching, and presenting have always been skills that I have enjoyed developing (I can talk too, but I have slowly developed the subtle art of listening).
Being involved with some consulting in fine dining hospitality has also opened my mind to different flavors and spice ideas (what I like to call spice bombs).
Being partially brought up on a farm and in the city. I was fishing and hunting from about 5 years old. Luckily, I live in a place where there is plenty of wildlife and opportunities to hunt everything from rabbits to deer (too many in many instances).
“Having worked across the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand – I have been lucky enough to have explored my meat-curing passion all across Europe, spending months at a time in Italy, loitering around classic pig butchers – the Norcini.”
My father was a Ninja expert entertainer and talker. When I was around 12 years old, I was in charge of the grilling and barbeque at parties of 20-odd people. Dad was too busy talking, and I actually really loved getting the praise of a perfectly seared slow indirect-cooked whole beef rump.
Grilling, Smoking, and BBQing – I have enjoyed it for around 25 years now. Whether it’s charcoal, woodfired, pellet grill, gas, portable, or an Italian pizza oven – I can adapt and prosper in front of these cooking devices.
My mother always pushed the culinary boundaries with the food we had at home, this exposed my brother (Michael) and me to many foods and tastes.
We had an incredibly lucky upbringing partially on the farm, with trout and rabbits plentiful and expertly cooked in various ways by our mother (I have probably caught over 1,000+ trout in my life- hot smoking is my current favorite method).
Though we were young and immature, we still were exposed to exotics flavors when living or visiting Europe, Japan, or Tropical Pacific Islands.
At University, I met a friend, who was passionate about food and had traveled to exotic places with contrasting flavors as well – places like The Gambia, India, and Australia (1990s adventure backpacking pre-internet!). He has developed into a passionate home cook and has been planning his own charcuterie den (which I am rather jealous of).
He is a very close friend, and we harvest from the wild and enjoy cooking and making charcuterie together.
We have produced some enticing venison biltong, Hungarian salami, and spicy venison salami.
We now enjoy his home charcuterie den also! A dedicated ‘man cave’ for those passionate about salami!
After building my first DIY curing chamber, I really started to experiment and read every book I could find on curing meat and smoking (hot and cold).
My curing chamber has been used for many other projects as well, including but not limited to:
- growing oyster mushrooms
- dehydrating fruit & vegetables (yes it has a heater and a compressor)
- hanging large hind legs of venison
- making beer and wine
- drying biltong and jerky
- drying spices/herbs
Learning also from a professional Dutch butcher the simple techniques around cold smoking and his dry curing was insightful in my 20s. I would turn up with wild boar/pig, and learn.
This was at a time when there wasn’t any information available on the subject online too!
Now with worldly experience in curing and smoking foods, I’ve more recently had a strong interest in the roe and fish which can also be cured and smoked in thousands of ways! Preferring to source my own of course!