Just like the entertainer who feeds the soul, the one who knows how to reach a man’s heart through his stomach by providing sumptuous meals that tickle the taste buds and fill the stomach. Scott Conant, the American celebrity chef, restaurant owner, TV personality, and cookbook author knows all about this.
He is one of the leading chefs and restaurateurs in the country, where he has established himself as one of the best chefs and restaurateurs. As almost impossible as it will be to list all his achievements in his career, which spanned three decades, after his long and impressive resume, we will try to do so nevertheless. Sit back and rock your chair as we guide you through the world of Scott Conant.
The food connoisseur was born on February 19, 1971, in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA, the son of an American father and an Italian mother. He has two siblings. As a child, he was close to his mother and enjoyed her sausage and peppers, which he would rather eat as the last meal during a fancy meal. Apparently, her culinary expertise rubbed off on him when he started cooking at a very young age. When he was 11 years old, he was already taking cooking classes at the local adult education center. Scott Conant not only mastered the art of cooking but was also athletic and would have become a baseball player.
At the age of 15, he enrolled in the W.F. Kaynor Technical High School of Culinary Arts, whereupon he attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), where his career took shape. He draws inspiration from his Italian-American heritage, to which he owes his balance between different cooking styles. He quickly adds, however, that he does not prepare traditional Italian cuisine, but combines different ingredients from different parts of the country to create his own style.
Scott Conant’s Career and Net Worth
Although Scott Conant is known as a restaurant owner, he did not start his career but opened one. He began by working hard and diligently as a chef in various restaurants, bringing culinary fame to each one. After these successes, he subsequently opened many restaurants throughout the country and beyond its borders.
Conant did an internship at the New York restaurant San Domenico and after graduation, he went to Munich, where he learned the art of confectionery at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof for a year and then entered the restaurant scene. He returned to San Domenico, where he worked as a sous-chef and in return contributed to the restaurant being awarded three stars by the New York Times.
He then became Chef de Cuisine at the famous Italian restaurant Il Toscanaccio in 1995. He then renovated two other Italian restaurants, including Barolo in SoHo and Chianti on the Upper East Side. He then became chef de cuisine at City Eatery, which received rave reviews under his direction. In addition, his modern take on Italian cuisine attracted further attention, earning him a loyal following and a glowing two-star review in the New York Times in 2000.
Following these successes, Conant began his long-term journey to open restaurants with L’Impero in 2002. It received a three-star review from the New York Times, won the James Beard Award for the best new restaurant, and was praised by top publications such as Gourmet and Food & Wine. Other restaurants then followed.
Conant opened an elegant Italian restaurant called Alto in midtown Manhattan. In 2008 he realized his own vision of sophisticated, tasty Italian cuisine with the Scarpetta in Chelsea, Manhattan, which is now operated in four other locations including Toronto, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. Scarpetta received a three-star review from the New York Times and New York Magazine, with Esquire magazine describing Scarpetta as one of “the best new restaurants in America.
In 2010, he opened a casual wine bar, the D.O.C.G. Enoteca in Las Vegas, which closed on June 20, 2017. He also unveiled his Culinary Suite in SoHo, where he interacts directly with guests and communicates his unique style of hospitality through private dinners, cocktail parties, and cooking demonstrations. Outside of New York, he has several other restaurants, including Mora Italian, a modern osteria in Phoenix; The Ponte, a contemporary Italian restaurant in Los Angeles; Masso Osteria at Red Rock Casino, a resort & spa in Las Vegas; CORSAIR by Scott Conant on Turnberry Isle in Miami.
Most recently, in May 2018, Conant opened an Italian Steakhouse Cellaio restaurant at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, New York, and will also open an Italian restaurant at LaGuardia Airport called Osteria Fusco.
Conant has appeared on the Today Show and the Home Shopping Network with the cookware line “Scott Conant’s Signature Creations in 2007”. His other screen credits include “The Chew”, “The Talk” from CBS, “Live with Kelly & Michael” and “Good Morning America”. He was a jury member on the reality television show “Reality Food-Competition”, the 24-hour restaurant battle in 2010, and now serves as a jury member on Food Network’s cornerstone show, Chopped.
In addition to founding restaurants and appearing on television, Conant has published several cookbooks, including New Italian Cooking (2005), Bold Italian (2008), and The Scarpetta Cookbook (2013). The celebrity chef has successfully turned his passion into a profession and is constantly looking for new opportunities that reflect his enduring philosophy, which is to enjoy the pure enjoyment of food to the last drop. His net worth is estimated at 5 million dollars.
Is he Married? – Family, Wife, Daughter
In addition to his culinary endeavors, Scott is a friend and Lionel Richie fan and enjoys spending time with his family.
He is married to Meltem Bozkurt, a pet supplies mogul. The duo formed a life-long bond in Turkey in 2007. They have two daughters: Ayla Sophia Reina, born on February 8, 2010, and Karya Eva Maria, born on September 19, 2012.