After 15 years cooking in some of New York City’s finest Italian restaurants, Chef Scott Conant opened Scarpetta in New York and Miami Beach in 2008, where he serves seasonally-inspired Italian cuisine. Both received critical success, including glowing three-star reviews from The New York Times and New York Magazine, as well as a four-star review from The Miami Herald, the highest rating possible. The New York location received a 2009 James Beard Award nomination for Best New Restaurant. In 2010, Scott opened up the Scarpetta shop in three new locations. Scott is the author of two cookbooks: New Italian Cooking and Bold Italian. He appears regularly as a judge on Food Network’s Chopped and hosts the Food Network competition series, 24 Hour Restaurant Battle. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Meltem, and their daughter.