PUNK CHEF

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SCOTT GARTHWAITE

Celebrity 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 (4 AA Rosette) & the 'Wellington' at Wynyard Hall (2 AA Rosette)

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.

Scott butchering lamb's liver
"The programmes aims to show the deaf community how easy it is to make simple and tasty meals and that their disability should not be seen as a barrier to learning a new skill, the fact that I’m deaf myself means that I’m able to relate to deaf people on a much more personal level, making it easier to guide them through the cooking process. Chefs like Jamie OliverGordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal have been inspiring people to improve their cooking habits for years, so it’s great to be able to do the same for the Deaf community"

PUNK CHEF

COOKERY DEMONSTRATIONS, FOOD EVENTS & MASTERCLASSES AROUND THE WORLD: 

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  • Incloodu "Include You" Deaf Festival doing a cookery demonstration in London, UK 2013

  • Mr & Miss Deaf International event cooking for 60 people for 4 days, Reading, UK 2015

  • Mr & Miss Deaf International event cooking for 120 people for 10 days, Las Vegas, USA 2016. 

  • Travelled to 15 different countries for 5 weeks promoting Sign Live & Route 66 Promotions in Europe 2016.

  • British masterclass cookery workshop in Osaka & Tokyo for 3 weeks, Japan 2016.

  • Cookery demonstration to 1,500 audience at Deafopia Expo at Texas, USA 2017.

  • British masterclass cookery workshop in Osaka & Tokyo for 2 weeks, Japan, 2017.

  • Cookery demonstrations at Reims, France for Clin D'Oeil Festival for 4 days, France 2018.

  • Mainstream cookery demonstration at Ludlow's Food & Drink Festival 2019.

  • Mainstream cookery demonstration at Cheltenham's Food & Drink Festival 2021.

  • Mainstream cookery demonstration at Forest Showcase Food & Drink Festival 2021.

  • Other cookery demonstrations include food shows and food festivals in countries such as UK, Europe, USA & Japan.