Scott Garthwaite

A former Newcastle College student presents a new TV show that helps deaf people improve their culinary skills.

Scott Garthwaite hasn’t let his own deafness hold him back from achieving success as a qualified chef, having left Newcastle College with a 2.1 Honours Degree in Culinary and Patisserie Art in 2011.

By presenting new TV programme Punk Chef, Scott is hoping to inspire other deaf people to improve their diets by cooking a range of tasty and healthy meals.

The 32 year old from Stockton-On-Tees proved to be a big hit with executives at sign language broadcasting organisation BSLBT when the programme was trialled on Sky and Virgin Media last year and has since been working with deaf-run production company Remark! to shoot a new series of the show, which will be broadcast later this year.

Scott was inspired to get into cooking by his family, with his Great Uncles serving as cooks in the Navy. He later got the bug for presenting while studying a media course in 2001, before realising his desire to teach during a gap year teaching post at the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in the Middle Eastern country of Jordan.
In order to hone his skills, Scott’s future plans include working alongside some of the industry’s top chefs within a professional kitchen.

The Punk Chef show can be viewed at

Scott says

The programme 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 Oliver, Gordon Ramsey 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.