Punk Chef stirs up deaf pupils’ cooking skills

A stirring time with the Punk Chef. Picture: Paul Whyatt

A stirring time with the Punk Chef. Picture: Paul Whyatt - Credit: Paul Whyatt

Deaf school pupils were put through their culinary paces as cooking superstar the Punk Chef paid a visit.

A caramel glaze to make pear muffins extra yummy. Picture: Paul Whyatt

A caramel glaze to make pear muffins extra yummy. Picture: Paul Whyatt - Credit: Paul Whyatt

Scott Garthwaite, AKA the Punk Chef, gave cooking lessons to youngsters from Stevenage’s Phoenix Group for Deaf Children at Knightsfield School in Welwyn Garden City yesterday.

Pupils from preschool age up to teens got stuck in, cooking pan-fried herby potatoes with goat’s cheese, kale, egg and tomato.

For pudding they whipped up some pear muffins with a caramel glaze.

The event was organised at Knightsfield School for the Deaf in Welwyn Garden City as part of the run-up to national Vegetarian Week between May 14 and May 20.

The taste test. Picture: Paul Whyatt

The taste test. Picture: Paul Whyatt - Credit: Paul Whyatt

The Punk Chef, who has been deaf since the age of two, uses social media to broadcast his TV cooking series in British Sign Language.

He has said that he 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.

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The Phoenix Group’s director Jane Shann said that the event was a great example of how the charity encourages deaf young people to be more independent.

She said: “Having a deaf role model inspiring deaf young people has been a brilliant experience for them – and the food was really tasty too!”

The Punk Chef gave cooking lessons to deaf pupils yesterday. Picture: Paul Whyatt

The Punk Chef gave cooking lessons to deaf pupils yesterday. Picture: Paul Whyatt - Credit: Paul Whyatt

The Stevenage-based Phoenix Group for Deaf Children supports deaf children, young people and their families throughout Hertfordshire.

For more information, see www.phoenixgroup.org.uk

Youngsters getting cooking lessons from the Punk Chef. Picture: Paul Whyatt

Youngsters getting cooking lessons from the Punk Chef. Picture: Paul Whyatt - Credit: Paul Whyatt

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