Ludlow Food Festival

The Original Festival for Food and Drink Lovers

Scott Garthwaite, aka Punk Chef

Where: Wot's Cooking Stage - Inner Bailey

Scott will be using British Sign Language and an interpreter

Scott has been deaf since the age of two. Born and raised in Hartlepool in the North East of England, he learnt his culinary trade back in 2003 after falling in love with the food during his travels in the country of Jordan, having lived there temporarily for eight months. Once home, Scott started to cook with his mother regularly and studied the celebrity chefs on television whilst learning their recipes. He was hooked, so enrolled at his local college, successfully completing a 2.1 Honours Degree in Culinary and Patisserie Art, before landing his first job at 'Rockliffe Hall' in Hurworth, Darlington, under Michelin star chef Kenny Atkinson.

During his studies, with a passion for both experimental cooking and Molecular Gastronomy, Scott created vlogs on YouTube and Facebook to help both his friends and other people in the Deaf community to be able to visualise his British Sign Language cooking demonstrations. His vlogs caught the attention of Flashing Lights Media and they approached him to set up a new cooking program for BSLBT (British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust) and to be the very first deaf chef presenter and 'Punk Chef 'was born!

In his dynamic demo, Scott will present his celebration of British Produce, using British Sign Language and an interpreter to demonstrate his passion and flair for cooking. Scott has cooked all over the world but his heart is in using fresh seasonal produce. The demo will be filmed as part of his BSLBT series ‘Punk Chef On The Road’.



A chef doing a demonstration

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