Star Kitchen: Scott Conant
Chef Scott Conant shows us his home kitchen in Scottsdale, AZ.
Take a Peek Inside!
As the host of Best Baker in America and a judge on Chopped, Scott Conant is used to being decisive — and that came in handy when he bought his Arizona home two years ago. In fact, when the chef and restaurateur decided to move from New York City to Scottsdale with his wife, Mel, and their daughters, Ayla, 8, and Karya, 5, he bought a house without even seeing it in person. “Once I make a decision, I want to get it done,” Scott says. Luckily, the kitchen was outf itted just the way he wanted, with a double oven, giant fridge, lots of counters and easy access to the backyard. For someone who’s on the road as often as Scott (he travels more than half the year visiting his five restaurants — in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix—in addition to taping shows for Food Network), returning home to Scottsdale feels like a vacation. When he’s there, Scott and Mel take turns cooking Italian and Mediterranean dishes — the food they both grew up eating. “This kitchen is a sanctuary of sorts,” he says.
Scott starts most days with four or five shots of espresso that he brews with this Illy iperEspresso machine. “It keeps me motivated,” he says.
The Conants often invite guests over, and they gather around the marble-top island. “It’s a great place to spread out a buffet,” Scott says.
Scott and Mel like that the gas stovetop is part of the island because it faces the rest of the kitchen. “When we cook, we get to see our guests,” Mel says. “And that makes a huge difference.”
Mel is obsessed with crystals. “We’ve got them in every room. It’s an energy thing!” Scott says. Many of her favorites come from the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.
The back door leads to a poolside kitchen that includes a sink, refrigerator, gas range, grill, rotisserie and smoker — ideal for prepping big feasts. Last Thanksgiving, the couple fed 30 people!