A DEAF and blind Pottsville chef who teaches apprentices at a Murwillumbah college has received a grant to publish an audio cookbook.
Nate Quinell is among 45 recipients of AMP Foundation’s annual $1 million grants program.
Mr Quinell lost his hearing at the age of eight and his sight aged 16, but this didn’t stop the passionate foodie from launching into a hospitality career with a chef’s apprenticeship at a Taree hospital.
Today, with the help of guide dog Keno, Mr Quinell teaches at Murwillumbah Community College.
A passionate disability advocate and “believer in the power of food to connect people”, Mr Quinell has been working on a cookbook aimed at people of all abilities.
It will include modern Australian dishes, tried and tested with his students, and will be published with funds donated to him from the 2017 AMP Tomorrow Fund.
The cookbook will also include an audio CD, so those with limited or no eyesight “can experience the joys of cooking”.
“I hope this cookbook will inspire people of all abilities and will encourage people to connect with each other through the joy of food,” Mr Quinell said.
AMP Foundation Helen Liondos head said the calibre of AMP Tomorrow Makers was particularly strong this year, which is also the 25th anniversary of the charitable foundation.
“The 2017 AMP Tomorrow Makers all share a selflessness and sense of determination that we believe should be supported and celebrated,” Ms Liondos said.
“We hope these grants will help them to take their good work even further and make a positive impact on their community and the nation.”
Applications for this year’s AMP’S Tomorrow Fund open in April at ampstomorrowfund.com.au.
For more info about the book email thehurricanechef @hotmail.com.