Scott Alderson was born in 1966 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Community College in 1988 with a degree in culinary technology. He apprenticed in North Carolina and got his first job at the Marketplace in North Carolina, working his way up to sous chef. In 1989 he worked at Café Max in Pompano Beach, Florida and in 1990, staged with Great Chef Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. He also worked over the next four years at Casa Vecchia in Ft. Lauderdale, Bud & Alleys in Seaside, Florida and Bayside Grill in Orange Beach, Alabama.
In 1995, Great Chef Johnny Earles hired him to be the chef at his Criolla’s Restaurant in Grayton, Beach, Florida. The following year, the Great Chefs television team showed up to tape Chef Scott at Criolla’s for the Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of the South series.
He is now the founder and president of Native Culinary Design, a hospitality consulting firm.