Artisan Food With A Story
Food tastes better when it has a story
Google search loading Loading search bar...
Log on    Log on
Image for 'Charcuterie by Neil Jewell'

Charcuterie by Neil Jewell

Neil Jewell (of Bread and Wine restaurant) has a passion for knowing what is in the food he and his family eat. The same goes for his charcuterie which is authentically artisanal and chemical free.

Franschhoek, Western Cape

Website    Phone +27 (0)21 876 4004   Email

A London chef escapes to Africa


Neil Jewell (of Bread and Wine restaurant) has a passion for knowing what is in the food he and his family eat. If you want to push his buttons, just start a conversation about the wayward actions of big food corporations. He’ll gladly tell you a thing or two you may prefer not to hear.

Thirteen years ago, Neil, a London-based chef, realised that the high paced industry wasn’t doing him any good. “I had always said that if I don’t like my food, I will walk away from it. The day I realised that had happened was the day I decided to quit.” So he and his wife Tina packed their bags and went backpacking. Their year travelling in Africa was a “crazy and raw” experience that inspired Neil immensely. The pinnacle moment – in terms of his decision to stay in Africa – occurred in Zanzibar. When Neil observed a local chef having a smoke break while watching a brilliant sunset (complete with cheesy brochure-style flying fish leaping out of the golden water), he realised a chef’s life didn’t have to be manic as it was in London. He and Tina arrived in Cape Town shortly thereafter and Neil landed his first job at Bread and Wine in Franschoek. The rest is history.


From cooking to curing in one easy crow

What cemented Neil’s resolve to remain here was the amazing quality of the produce in the Franschoek area. He has since grown the restaurant from simple beginnings to having the esteemed reputation it now enjoys. But Neil is not only known for his fine culinary skills. He is equally skilled at curing meat and his charcuterie is highly sought after.

This skill developed rather by accident, and has grown into a passion. At a winemakers and chefs evening offering particularly enjoyable local wares, Neil announced that he could make a fine lamb bacon. The next morning he was bombarded with phone calls in pursuit of this 'delicacy'. Not being one to turn down a challenge, he did some research, tried it out and when it was somewhat of a success, he decided he’d give the more traditional pork bacon a go too. And then prosciutto, and then pancetta, and then, and then…. Neil now produces 300 tonnes a year and demand keeps growing. His charcuterie is truly artisanal and he uses only pasture-raised pigs from Glen Oakes farm.


The truth about pig

Neil now runs charcuterie classes from the restaurant in which he turns a whole pig into charcuterie, while showing his students how to produce amazing cured meats with the most basic equipment – like a cardboard box smoker. He also uses these classes as a platform to “demystify the cured meats industry” and share the truth about big business charcuterie. Neil says commercially made meats contain an average of 36 chemicals that make the meats cure quicker and reach the shelves faster, all in the name of profit. “I won’t do that just to make more money. The way I make my charcuterie is very personal to me.”





A selection of Neil's meat and sausages


Neil with some aspiring charcutiers


Leave a comment

Reply to a comment below or click the 'Add your comment' button to add a new comment about this business.

To access the full functionality (such as adding images to your comments and receiving optional alerts) please
log on now if you already have an account or register here if you are new.


by Dr Mojo Magagula  |   26 August 2016 07:49 AM   |   0 replies

Please read my testimony, it can bring solution to the problems you are
facing in life. I met this spell caster Dr Mojo online and read the
testimonies of many persons witnessing how he has help them solve problems
of any kind such as fibroid without surgery, Infertility, cure of diabetes,
breast cancer, weak penis, regulation of menstruation and pains, stroke,
HIV / AIDS, successful interview and work examination, political
achievement, recovery of lost money, quick sales in business or commerce,
choice of good marriage partner, power to bring your ex back, stopping your
man or woman having affair outside your relationship or marriage, power to
win pool, lottery, visa approval, reduction of sagging breast, gun
protecting spiritual ring, promotion at work etc ... I contacted him
through his WhatsApp instant messenger with the phone number +27797427509.I
was absolutely desperate to have my husband back. Life without my husband
was a pain for me and my children. I wanted a drastic change and I thought
that only magic can be the only solution because he was so cruel towards
me. After discussing my problem with Dr Mojo, he gave me hope that my
marriage shall be restored. He gave me confidence that he will make my
husband to come home and he did It! It was a great miracle, He never asked
for money before helping me, all he requested for was some few items i had
to purchase, and i provided these items immediately, he performed the spell
and my marriage was restored immediately. His help is invaluable! I do not
know what I could have done without Dr Mojo, he does his job well, his
powers are so real and effective, I think he is the best caster I can count
on when it comes spells, although at first I never believed in magic until
I had to try, I think there are many who are depressed, desperate and want
this spell to return their happiness, so I have to use this medium to reach
all those who are facing one problem or the other. Contact him immediately
and I can guarantee that your problems are solved. You can also contact him
via emailaddress;
website;, for quick response call him or
message him through Whatsapp instant messenger with his number+27797427509.
Good luck, i hope you find your heart desires.

by nikki du plessis  |   30 August 2011 01:25 PM   |   1 reply

when is Neil running another session of want to come.

by The Archer  |   01 September 2011 08:42 AM

Hi Nikki,

Check out the Bread and Wine website, you should be able to find out the details of upcoming courses there. Otherwise, send them an email to find out.

© 2017 FOOD WITH A STORY SOUTH AFRICA  |  Web design by