Scott Carney was born in Boston and, after graduating from Connecticut College, satisfied his curiosity about wine by taking a sommelier position at the Bay Tower Room in Boston’s financial district. As his curiosity grew into a passion, Scott move on to a full-time sommelier position at the venerable Harvest Restaurant in Harvard Square where he also began a career in restaurant management. Recognizing a need to further his business skills, Scott enrolled in the Stern School of Business at New York University and after a stage in France, graduated with an MBA in Finance.
Scott joined the Gotham Bar & Grill as business manager and spent 10 years overseeing affairs as the restaurant earned three consecutive three-star reviews from the New York Times. It was during his tenure at Gotham that Scott began his study for the title of Master Sommelier, which he earned in 1991.
Since leaving Gotham Bar & Grill, Scott has worked in operations, beverage, and finance with a number of Manhattan’s leading restaurant groups, including The Glazier Group, Jean-Georges Management, and Les Halles Group. In 1998, he built and operated The Tonic in Chelsea, later selling his shares to his partner. He also consulted for such notable New York venues as Picholine and Tocqueville, and he oversaw the reopening of the famed Russian Team Room in 2006.