We are pleased to announce that the Punk Chef will be joining us at this year’s Forest Showcase Food & Drink Festival on Sunday 3rd October 2021.

Scott is arguably the first ever Deaf celebrity chef to emerge in mainstream television today, 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.

Scott Garthwaite is a professional chef also a TV presenter for the British Sign language Broadcasting Trust (BSLBT) programme with its popular demand of “Punk Chef on the Road” series.

His flamboyant vibrant pink mohawk hairstyle that is known as Punk Chef and is also well known in the Deaf community around the world. Punk Chef’s on-screen personality have won him legions of fans around the world. He is described as “Passionate, enthusiastic, exuberant and funny” also Punk Chef’s food demonstrations are unique because he expresses his passion of food through sign language and his demonstrations are sometimes translated though voice over by a qualified interpreter.

Scott will be using British Sign Language and an interpreter.

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.