Punk Chef

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Punk Chef

Scott Garthwaite (born January 22, 1980) also known by his cook name Punk Chef is a non-professional celebrity deaf cook, television presenter and social media entertainer from the North East of England, United Kingdom. He is also known for his on-screen personality with flamboyant vibrant hot pink hairstyle working for BSL Zone and BBC cooking programmes.

Early life[edit]

Garthwaite was born and raised in Hartlepool in the North East of England. He was born hearing and at the age of 2 as he was diagnosed with meningitis that turned him deaf.[1] He left his Deaf school in Middlesbrough with seven GCSE qualifications.[citation needed] Garthwaite learned his culinary trade in 2003 after living temporarily in Jordan. He enrolled at Hartlepool College of Further Education then went on to completed a Degree in Culinary and Patisseries Art from Newcastle College in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Garthwaite started his first internship at Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, Darlington then later he went on to work at Truffle Restaurant in Darlington.[4] While he was studying for his degree as he began to make videos blogs in British Sign Language for social media for the deaf community and he was noticed by Flashing Lights, a deaf led production company, who then created the Punk Chef TV cooking series for the deaf community.[5][6] Garthwaite went on to make 9 programmes for BSL Zone which include Punk Chef's Kids Challenge.[7] He said "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 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".[8]

On 3 December 2015 Garthwaite made an Christmas appearance on BBC Two's See Hear.[9]

On November 2017 BSL Zone's Up For It kids programme which is produced by Blue Marlin Television, ITV Signpost and Mutt & Jeff for BSLBT invited Punk Chef to appear on one of their series as he meet a young Deaf chef in a kids TV programme.[10][better source needed]

Football[edit]

Garthwaite is the manager of Sunderland Deaf Association Football Club, a community football club under Sunderland AFC's charity the Foundation of Light.[11] He became the first deaf manager in the history of North East to win the England Deaf Football League and Cup double also the first manager to bring home the England Deaf Football Challenge Cup to the North East for the first time in its history[12][13]

Awards[edit]

In recognition of his work, Garthwaite was awarded the North East regional Sound Barrier Stars top award for his culinary talent and inspiration to his community for his work on screen as Punk Chef in 2013,[14] also he was selected to compete in the finals to representing England at International Gastronomy Deaf Culinary Event in Copenhagen, Denmark as part of an eight-man shortlist in 2014, then the following year 2015 he was selected once again and he was awarded the second place at the International Gastronomy Deaf Culinary Event after walking away empty-handed in 2014.[15]

Television[edit]

Cooking series
Year Title Type Notes
2012 Punk Chef: Pilot Food programme Punk Chef helps the Durant family cook healthy food and lose weight.
2013 Punk Chef series: (6 episodes) Food programme Punk Chef is back with a mission - to get the Deaf community cooking better.
2014 Punk Chef: Kids challenge (2 episodes) Food programme Four teams compete for the Young Punk Chef title.
2015 BBC: See Hear Christmas special Deaf magazine programme Clive meets Scott Garthwaite, a world-leading deaf chef, to learn some seasonal recipes
2017 BSL Zone's Up For It BSL Zone kids What can our amazing young Deaf chef whip up?
2019 Punk Chef On the Road Food programme Punk Chef (AKA Scott Garthwaite) travels around NE England, meeting people and cooking mouthwatering food.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turbill, Marie (2013-02-20). "Deaf Stockton chef to present new TV show Punk Chef". gazettelive. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  2. ^ "Newcastle College | Newcastle College - Learning Support Service - Sensory Support - Case Studies - Scott Garthwaite". www.ncl-coll.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  3. ^ "Newcastle College | Newcastle College - Learning Support Service - Sensory Support - Case Studies - Scott Garthwaite". www.ncl-coll.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  4. ^ "An Interview with The Punk Chef - Scott Garthwaite : SL First Ltd". slfirst.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-02.
  5. ^ "Punk Chef | BSL Zone". BSL Zone. Retrieved 2016-04-20.
  6. ^ Roundtree, Cheyenne (2016-09-17). "Meet the deaf 'punk' chef planning to cook up a storm". nechronicle. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  7. ^ Punk Chef, Scott Garthwaite, retrieved 2017-11-30CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ "Newcastle College | Newcastle College - Learning Support Service - Sensory Support - Case Studies - Scott Garthwaite". www.ncl-coll.ac.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  9. ^ "See Hear - S35 - Episode 12". Radio Times. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  10. ^ "Scott Garthwaite". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  11. ^ "Video highlights – Sunderland Deaf team adds cup to English league title success". www.sunderlandecho.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  12. ^ "Video highlights – Sunderland Deaf team adds cup to English league title success". www.sunderlandecho.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  13. ^ "Sunderland Deaf AFC team on the spot to win EDF League title". www.sunderlandecho.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  14. ^ "Deaf chef inspires judges to win top award". www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  15. ^ Roundtree, Cheyenne (2016-09-17). "Meet the deaf 'punk' chef planning to cook up a storm". nechronicle. Retrieved 2017-12-01.