Nathan Quinell

Pottsville, New South Wales

Chef, author, disability champion

Nathan lost his hearing at age eight, as a result of contracting chickenpox as a baby. At 16, soon after losing his sight, he started a chef’s apprenticeship at a Taree hospital. Nathan went on to build a career in hospitality and now teaches at the Murwillumbah Community College, with his guide dog Keno by his side. A passionate disability advocate and believer in the power of food to connect people, he is working on a cookbook aimed at people of all abilities. Having tested his modern Australian dishes with his students, Nathan will use his grant to publish an accessible book so everyone can experience the joys of cooking.