About Us

Gil Ferreira



Gil started his meat journey in 1978 when he was just five years old. The first piece of “furniture” he bought with his own money when he moved out of his mother’s home in 1994 was a WEBER Kettle BBQ.  
For the past 17 years, Gil has been curing meats as a hobbyist and commercial curesmith.  In 2019 Gil, with his family, moved to Poland, where he is now focused on building a digital media business promoting the curing of meat.

PreservePigs: The Art of the Curesmith” is a book documenting Gil’s journey with charcuterie. The book is for newcomers (AND experienced curesmiths).


Gil is always available for side collaborations and talks worldwide. If you want to chat about meat curing, don’t hesitate in reaching out.


The Art of the Curesmith

BUY THE BOOK –https://preservepigs.com/

Eben van Tonder

Industrial and Artisan Meat Specialist


Eben created Woodys Consumer Brands in 2008 with Oscar Klynveld which grew to become SA’s largest 3rd party bacon producer. He left Woodys in 2018. He writes extensively on the meat industry and continues to work in the industry. He lives in Cape Town.

Contact details and on-line platforms


Whatsapp: +27 71 5453029

Bacon & the Art of Living

The complete work on the history of bacon