One of Downtown Las Vegas’ preferred dining establishments now has a full-circle family connection in the cooking area.
“Carson Kitchen area would constantly be in my mind, that being Kerry’s last dining establishment and his tradition,” Scott Simon states throughout his first couple of weeks on the job. “To come back and work in a place that has Kerry’s spirit surrounding it, I’m certainly going to take the opportunity to be a part of it.”
Scott is 17 years below his coach, Las Vegas cooking icon Kerry Simon, who died in 2015. But Scott has been included with Kerry’s food and restaurants given that Scott’s teenage years, when his older sibling was currently a celeb called “the rock ‘n’ roll chef.”
“When I was maturing, I would be seeing TELEVISION, and Kerry would be on there. I would go through magazines, and Kerry would be in Bon Appétit or Wanderer. I looked up to Kerry.”
Scott cooked with Kerry at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami Beach, at the legendary Simon Cooking area & & Bar at the Acid Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, at Cathouse at Luxor and, most recently, at Chuck’s in Chicago. Returning to Las Vegas has been something of a homecoming.
“I spent 13 years here. It’s the longest location I have actually lived other than maturing in Chicago until I was 17,” Scott states. “I have the same love for this city as Kerry did.”
What makes this gig different is that Scott is jumping into an already developed eatery. Carson Kitchen, opened in 2014 in the refurbished John E. Carson hotel structure, stays a Downtown hot spot, so expectations are high.
Scott is well-aware of this difficulty. “There’s no denying that the location has been very successful. My outlook is to come in and discover all the elements, from preparation to every position on the line to seeing the total [vision] It resembles exactly what I did when I began [cooking] with Kerry.” Cycle, certainly.