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 www.bslzone.co.uk