Carson Kitchen, known for its urban neighborhood style decor and award-winning comfort food, is pleased to announce the addition of Scott Simon as the new executive chef. After a four-year stint in the Windy City, Chef Simon – brother of the late Kerry Simon – will return to Sin City to helm the Downtown restaurant, just in time for the new year.
“We are thrilled to announce Scott Simon as our new executive chef,” said Cory Harwell, president of Simon Hospitality Group. “Chef Simon was mentored by Kerry throughout the beginning of his culinary career and for many years the duo worked side-by-side — his expertise and exceptional talent reflect that and we are very excited to welcome him back to Las Vegas and have him a part of the team at Carson Kitchen.”
The Illinois native left home at the age of 18 to follow in his older brother Kerry Simon’s footsteps to pursue a culinary career. Kerry Simon mentored Scott Simon and taught him everything, from knife skills to time management and how to deal with the high pressure of the restaurant business. Scott Simon kicked off his culinary career in Miami at Blue Star, the restaurant at the iconic Raleigh Hotel, where Kerry Simon was part owner and executive chef. Under Kerry Simon’s mentorship, Scott Simon refined his talents at a number of Kerry Simon’s restaurant ventures in South Beach and later worked for five years as a sous chef in Arizona for a large fitness facility.
In 2002, Scott Simon moved to Las Vegas and worked for various restaurants such Simon Kitchen and Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Cathouse at the Luxor and the famous Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place. In 2013, he moved back to his hometown of Chicago to open Chuck’s: A Kerry Simon Kitchen, and since then has also consulted on other national and international projects such as Simon Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs and Simon Mansion in Punta Cana. Now with over 26 years of culinary experience and many years alongside his brother Kerry Simon, Scott Simon is ready to embark on a new journey at Carson Kitchen.
“Kerry and I shared a passion of food and cooking, and I am excited to carry on his legacy at one of his last restaurant ventures, here in Las Vegas, Carson Kitchen,” said Scott Simon. “Since the opening, Carson Kitchen has continued to keep Kerry’s spirit alive, and I am beyond honored to serve as the executive chef, and bring a new energy and enthusiasm to the restaurant.”
In addition, Carson Kitchen has debuted an all-new winter menu. Guests are invited to indulge a variety of comfort food-inspired dishes – perfect for the wintertime. Highlights include Black Mussels with toast to dip in a white wine, shallot, and ‘nduja broth; Young Beets salad tossed with pistachios, red and green grapes, and goat cheese; Chicken Thighs served on a bed of pumpkin purée and sherry jus, as well as a Red Snapper in a panang curry topped with crispy rice noodles, to name a few. To finish the meal just right, guests can try the Banoffee Pie served in a mason jar, topped with Bailey’s whipped cream and a homemade chocolate biscotti.
Carson Kitchen is open Sunday through Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. For additional information about the restaurant, please visit www.carsonkitchen.com.