There’s no stopping this hurricane in the kitchen
A member of Tweed Shire Council’s community-based Equal Access Inclusion Committee has been honoured with a significant grant to help him fulfil a long-held dream of publishing a cookbook.
Nathan Quinell (pictured) of Pottsville qualified as a chef in 2006 despite being blind, requiring two cochlear implants to overcome his deafness and living with type one diabetes.
He has been selected as one of 45 recipients from more than 1800 applicants to share in part of the $1 million AMP Tomorrow Fund grants, aimed at supporting talented, determined Australians who are working hard towards a goal that will benefit the community.
Nathan will use the funding to publish print and audio versions of The Hurricane Cookbook, a project he has been working on since becoming a chef.
“The goal was to create a cookbook which is accessible to people at all levels of ability, especially those with challenges around literacy, media and numeracy,” said Nathan.
“It’s a project which combines my two greatest loves, which are cooking good food and helping people.”
The title of the book – and Nathan’s nickname The Hurricane Chef – refers to Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, the middleweight boxer who was wrongly convicted of murder in 1967 and spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released.
“I saw the movie about his life at a young age and was so inspired by his story,” said Nathan.
Council’s Community Development Officer – Ageing and Disability Karen Collins, who coordinates the committee, said the award is well deserved.
Pottsville chef Nathan Quinell cooking up a storm.