Scott Carney, Dean of Wine Studies

Scott Carney, MS

Dean, Wine Studies, New York Campus


Scott Carney was born in Boston and after graduating from Connecticut College, 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, Scott 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 enrolled in the Stern School of Business at New York University and after a semester in France at Hautes Études Commerciales de Paris (H.E.C.), graduated with an MBA in finance.

Scott then 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, and today he serves on the court's board of directors. He was the dean of wine studies at the International Culinary Center (ICC) for nine years and came to the Institute of Culinary Education in 2020 to continue his Intensive Sommelier Training program.

Work History

  • Master Sommelier, 1993-present
  • Dean of Wine Studies, International Culinary Center, 2012-2020
  • Beverage Director/Lead Sommelier, Junoon Restaurant, 2010-2011
  • Professor of Beverage Management and Sommelier Prep, CUNY College of Technology, 2011
  • Managing Member/Sommelier, Late Harvest dba bussaco restaurant and wine bar, 2008-2010
  • General Manager/Sommelier, Marco Polo Caterers, LLC, 2007-2008
  • Consultant, Russian Tea Room via One Fifty Fifty-Seven, Corp., 2006
  • VP of Finance and Operations, Les Halles Group, 2004-2006
  • Consultant, Times Square Brewery, 2003-2004
  • Finance Director, Jean-Georges Management, 2002-2003
  • Director of Beverage Operations, The Glazier Group, 2000-2002
  • Consultant, Picholine Restaurant, 1999-2000
  • VP and Managing Partner, Tonic Restaurant and Bar, 1997-2000
  • Managing Director, Tavern on the Green, 1996
  • GM/Beverage Director, Controller, Gotham Bar & Grill, 1985-1995


  • Master Sommelier accreditation, The Court of Master Sommeliers, London, 1991
  • MBA in Finance/International Business, NYU, 1986
  • Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, France, 1985
  • BA in Russian and East European Studies, Connecticut College, 1979

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