Scott Conant Bio, Wiki, Age, Family, Wife, Chef, Cookbooks and Vegas Restaurant

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Scott Conant Biography

Scott Conant is an American celebrity chef, cookbook author, and restaurateur best known for his three-star New York restaurants Scarpetta NY and L’Impero. He was born to an Italian descent mother.

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Conant began cooking at a young age, taking cooking classes at the local community college at age 11. At the age of 15, he enrolled in W.F. Kaynor Technical High School for culinary arts, and then went to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

While he was studding the CIA, he interned at the famous New York City restaurant San Domenico, an experience that had a decisive impact on the young chef.

After graduation, Conant spent a year in Munich, Germany, mastering the art of pastry at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. He then returned to the United States and San Domenico, working as a sous chef and helping the restaurant garner three stars from The New York Times.

In 1995, he was selected by Cesare Casella to be chef de cuisine at Il Toscanaccio, an Upper East Side Tuscan-style restaurant. After one year, Conant went on to revamp two institutions: Barolo in SoHo and Chianti on the Upper East Side. He then became executive chef at City Eatery, located on the Bowery in New York City.

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Conant and his modern take on Italian cuisine got the attention of New Yorkers, and earned him a loyal following and a glowing two-star review from The New York Times in 2000.

In September 2002, Conant opened L’Impero in Tudor City, and within weeks the restaurant received a rave three-star review from The New York Times, which stated, “[Conant is] turning out dishes full of flavors that are joyous and highly refined. From the simplest preparations to the most complex he is almost always in control and in tune.”

Gourmet declared that Conant “raises the roof on the Manhattan school of Italian cooking.”

L’Impero received top honors from the James Beard Foundation in 2003, including “Outstanding Restaurant Design” in the U.S. and “Best New Restaurant.”

In October 2003, Conant was featured on the cover of Gourmet for its “Chefs Rock” issue, and in March the following year, Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl named L’Impero one of her favorite New York restaurants.

In 2004, Conant’s signature pastas appeared on the cover of Food & Wine, and the magazine went on to name Conant one of America’s “Best New Chefs.”

Following L’Impero, Conant went on to open Alto, a “sophisticated” an Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan that offered his interpretation of Northern Italian cuisine.

His initial television appearances included segments of The Today Show and, in 2007, on Home Shopping Network with a line of cookware, “Scott Conant’s Signature Creations.” Conant left L’Impero and Alto in 2007.

Scott Conant Age | How Old Is Scott Conant?

Conant was born on February 19, 1971 in Waterbury, Connecticut, United States. He is 48 years old as of 2019.

Scott Conant Wife | Scott Conant Family | Scott Conant Wedding

Scott has been married twice. He is married to his longtime girlfriend Meltem Conant. The couple tied the knot in 2007 in Bodrum, Turkey.

He was previously married to entrepreneur Chris Cannon. The two were also business partners and had two restaurants in their name. Their marriage ended in divorce and Scott did away with his partnership at Alto and L’Impero in 2007.

Scott Conant Daughter

Conant has two daughters, Ayla Sophia Reina, born on 8 February 2010, and Karya Eva Maria, born on 19 September 2012.

Scott Conant Net Worth

Conant has an estimated net worth of $5 million which he has earned through his successful career as a celebrity chef, cookbook author, and restaurateur.

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In 2008, Conant opened a new restaurant, Scarpetta, located in Chelsea, Manhattan. In July 2008, Scarpetta received a positive three-star review from New York Magazine and The New York Times.

In November 2008, Scarpetta was named one of the “Best New Restaurants in America” by Esquire magazine. It was then was nominated in early 2009 for “Best New Restaurant in America” by the James Beard Foundation.

In November 2008, Conant opened a second restaurant in the Fontainebleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Florida, which received four stars from the Miami Herald. In October 2010, he opened Scarpetta in Beverly Hills at the Montage. Conant was voted Best New Chef in Los Angeles by The Los Angeles Times.

In July 2010, Conant stared as the host and head judge of the reality food-competition television show “24 Hour Restaurant Battle” which premiered on the Food Network. The show pits two teams of two people against each other as they open up a restaurant from scratch in 24 hours. The show ran two seasons.

In December 2010, Conant opened a fourth location of Scarpetta and D.O.C.G. Enoteca, a casual wine bar, both at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. D.O.C.G. Enoteca closed on June 20, 2017 after seven years.

His current ventures include The Ponte, a contemporary Italian restaurant in Los Angeles, California, Mora Italian, a modern osteria in Phoenix, Arizona, and Masso Osteria at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada. Conant also opened Cellaio Steak at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, New York.

Scott Conant Chopped

Conant is a regular judge on popular Food Network show Chopped which is one of Food Network’s highest-rated programs. During the show, many people know Scott as the finicky judge who hates onions. Scott has also appeared on the Today Show, Live with Kelly & Michael, The Chew, CBS’ The Talk, and Good Morning America.

Scott Conant Recipes

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Scott Conant Cookbooks | Scott Conant Books

  • Scott Conant’s New Italian Cooking (2005)
  • Bold Italian (2008)
  • The Scarpetta Cookbook (2013)

Scott Conant Television appearances

  • Top Chef – Guest Judge, Seasons 2, 4, and 5
  • Chopped – Judge, Seasons 1-34
  • Martha Stewart Living – Multiple Appearances
  • The Today Show – Multiple Appearances
  • Good Morning America – Multiple Appearances
  • Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations – The “Techniques Special” Aired: April 5, 2010
  • 24 Hour Restaurant Battle – Host / Head Judge
  • “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern” – Muhammad Ali Birthday Dinner
  • Beat Bobby Flay – Multiple Appearances
  • Cooks Vs. Cons – Multiple Appearances
  • Best Baker in America – Host, Season 2

Scott Conant Awards

  • Three Stars from The New York Times for “L’Impero” and “Scarpetta New York”
  • Four Stars from Miami Herald for “Scarpetta Miami”
  • “Best New Restaurant of 2003” from the James Beard Foundation for “L’Impero”
  • “Best New Chef” from Food & Wine Magazine in 2004
  • Winner of Season 3 of “Chopped All-Stars”

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