Professional Deaf Chef, Television Presenter & Food Demonstrator
Originally from Hartlepool. Scott honed his culinary skills after falling in love with food during his travels in the country of Jordan. where he had been living there temporarily for eight months and learnt so much about cooking and the food culture of the Middle East. He decided that he wants to seek opportunities to develop further and never allowed his deafness to stop him achieving his dreams of becoming a professional chef.
Scott furthered his culinary training at the award-winning resort under one of the UK's most celebrated chef, that was a golden opportunity for him to learn as a culinary student under some of the most acclaimed chefs in the country. He then went on to work at some of the respected restaurants in the North East of England including the Truffle restaurant in Darlington also the 'Orangery' at Rockliffe Hall & the 'Wellington' at Wynyard Hall.
In September 2012 he launched his TV series 'Punk Chef' & 'Punk Chef's Kids Challenge' with Flashing Lights Media, broadcasting for Film4, TogetherTV and currently on Sky On-Demand. He also appeared on BBC See Hear's special in 2015. His food travel TV series 'Punk Chef on the Road' with Hungry Gap Production was a hit with BSLBT which has made him the first celebrity deaf chef to emerge in mainstream television today delivering awesome recipes in sign language.
Scott’s celebrity status in the Deaf community has seen him travel all over the world cooking at various festivals, but his first breakthrough was at Ludlow’s food and Drink Festival when he became the first deaf chef to cook at the Wot’s cooking main stage at their 25 year anniversary in front of mainstream audience with the use of voice over provided by an interpreter, he is keen to break the boundaries and show that other deaf chefs can do the same of what Scott has achieved by cooking at live demonstrations at mainstream festivals and to encourage others to follow in his footsteps.
Away from his chef life and television, Scott spends his time working on various food and television projects, and one of them is working with a BSL linguist to create a portfolio of signs that will enable our community to gain better understanding of food and for them to learn, enjoy and cook safely. Scott has a huge passion for sharing his cooking knowledge and skills to other members in the Deaf community through sign language.
Scott's biggest achievement came at the International Gastronomy Deaf Chef 2015 in Copenhagen, Denmark when he came 2nd. That recognition has made him one of the top deaf chefs in the world.