Over the past 25 years, Scott Winston has dedicated his working career to the curation, innovation, and refinement of the fine food industry in the UK and beyond. Spanning all sectors of the industry, from buying and development to distribution, operations and – most recently – consultancy; he is widely regarded as an expert in the field.
The Harvey Nichols’ Food Hall was Scott’s first foray into fine food retail and the kindling for what would later become a passion. Moving quickly through the ranks of retail operations and purchasing, he eventually became buyer, before moving onto another of London’s prestigious department stores; Harrods.
Whilst working at one of the Capital’s best known retail destinations, Scott traversed a variety of different buyer roles, developing his breadth of knowledge by – at one point or another – being responsible for every category within the Harrods Food Hall across both ambient and fresh food ranges. In addition to this, he also played a key role in organising and managing Harrods restaurant food buying, across the 20 own-bought restaurants portfolio, as well as consulting major food projects and promotions including the Thomas Keller French Laundry pop-up.
Eventually, looking for a new challenge, Scott moved across Hyde Park from Knightsbridge to Oxford Street; joining the Selfridges buying team as Grocery Buyer. Keen to uphold the Brand’s reputation as not only a responsible operator but also a trendsetter, Scott launched many campaigns and seasonal ranges including their own-brand response to health and well-being: Selfridges ReBalance food range. Scott also headed up the Project Ocean initiative; removing all water sold in single-use, plastic bottles across the Food Halls and Restaurants, a bold and visionary statement by the world-famous store.
After a long and heralded corporate career, Scott is now founding his own food businesses and helping others to do the same. In the last three years, he has co-founded both The Camden Grocer (Camden Market) and pop-up The Menier Store (London Bridge); both of which champion new and up and coming artisan producers and makers, contrasting their freshness with gorgeous, heritage locations.
When not overseeing these projects, Scott pursues his passion to help small and start-up food brands achieve their goals through various mentoring and support programs. Scott also connects brands with a buyer and distribution network and judges regularly on several industry panels including The Great Taste Awards, The Seed Fund and Bread & Jam and Speciality & Fine Food Show.
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