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Grilled For A Minute: Scott Conant

Cookwork Perspective: We'll be featuring articles on a variety of chefs over the next few months.  Have one you think we should feature? Just let us know.


Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, Scott Conant began taking cooking classes at age 11 and graduated from the CIA in 1992. After 15 years in top New York restaurants including San Domenico, Il Toscanaccio, L’Impero and Alto, he opened Scarpetta, the first restaurant that was “100% my own creation,” in May, 2008. A glowing three-star review from The New York Times and inclusion in Esquire’s Best New Restaurant list further cemented his reputation as one of the country’s preeminent Italian chefs. Later that year, Conant opened Scarpetta at Miami Beach’s Fontainebleau Resort (four stars, Miami Herald) followed by Scarpetta Toronto (June, 2010) and Scarpetta Beverly Hills (October, 2010). A fifth location—plus D.O.C.G Enoteca, a new wine bar—opened in Las Vegas in early 2011. Conant has appeared on The Today Show, MARTHA, Top Chef, and Chopped, and published two cookbooks: New Italian Cooking and Bold Italian. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Meltem.



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