Scott Carney whet his appetite for wine by taking a sommelier position at the Bay Tower Room in Boston’s financial district. As his curiosity grew into a passion, he moved 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 earned an MBA in finance from the Stern
School of Business at New York University. He took his skills and talent to New York City’s Gotham Bar & Grill where during his time as business manager, the restaurant earned three consecutive three-star reviews from The New York Times. It was during his tenure at Gotham that he began his study for the title of Master Sommelier, which he earned in 1991. Since leaving Gotham Bar & Grill, Scott has worked at 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, a two-star New York Times New American restaurant.