Scott Conant, two-time James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur, Food Network personality, and cookbook author, is one of the nation’s top chefs with a career that spans more than thirty-five years. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Scott has built a reputation for outstanding leadership and culinary creativity. After running the kitchens of famed Italian spots such as il Toscanaccio, Chianti, and City Eatery, Scott first gained fame with the opening of his celebrated restaurant L’Impero, which received a three-star review from The New York Times and was named “Best New Restaurant” by the James Beard Foundation. Scott subsequently launched the elegant Alto restaurant in midtown Manhattan. A subsequent move to Arizona resulted in the opening of Mora Italiana and of Scott taking the helm of The Americano, an Italian-inspired steakhouse in Scottsdale. In 2018, he debuted Italian steakhouse Cellaio at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, New York.
In September 2021, Scott will publish his fourth, most personal cookbook, Peace, Love, and Pasta: Simple and Elegant Recipes from a Chef’s Home Kitchen (Abrams, ISBN: 1419747363), which focuses on the foods he grew up with and those he makes for his loved ones today. Offering restaurant-quality meals that emphasize the beauty of simple, fresh, and flavorful Italian dishes, as well as authentic Turkish meals as an homage to his wife’s heritage, the recipes showcase Scott’s fascination with flavors and ingredients, and celebrates the art of cooking for love.