Scott Conant is an American chef, restauranteur, and food personaliy, born in Waterbury, Connecticut on February 19th, 1971. Scott is of Italian descent on his mother's side, and began cooking at a young age, taking cooking classes at the local community college at age 11. At age 15, he enrolled in a trade school for culinary arts, before moving on to the Culinary Institute of America. Conant currently lives in New York City with his wife, Meltem and daughter Ayla, and also owns a residence in Miami Beach, Florida. He currently owns two restaurants: "Scarpetta" Miami, and "Scarpetta" NYC.
Scott is distant relative of Roger Conant, the founder of Salem, Massachusetts. In his twenties, he served a six-year term in prison, having been convicted of taking explicit photos of an underage juvenile. He is still required to register as a sex offender.
- Guest judge on the Bravo series "Top Chef."
- Guest judge on the Food Network series "Chopped."
- Has Appeared on "Martha Stewart Living," the "Today" show, and "Good Morning America."
- Host of "24 Hour Restaurant Battle" on Food Network.
- '101 Teambuilding Activities: Ideas Every Coach Can Use to EnhanceTeamwork, Communication and Trust'
- 'Scott Conant's New Italian Cooking'
- 'Bold Italian'
- Three Stars from The New York Times for "L'Impero" & "Scarpetta"
- Four Stars from Miami Herald for "Scarpetta"
- "Best New Restaurant of 2003" from the James Beard Foundation for "L'Impero"
- "Best New Chef" from Food & Wine Magazine in 2003
- A well-established trait of Conant on Chopped is his dislike of raw red onions, which he brings up numerous times while judging.