Chef Scott Signori pioneered the farm-to-table movement in the Finger Lakes

Chef Scott Signori pioneered the farm-to-table movement in the Finger Lakes

HECTOR, NY, January 6, 2022 / PRNewswire / – Scott Edward Knights, died surrounded and in the care of his beloved children, family and friends at his home in Hector, New York about December 26, 2021 after a 16-month battle with glioblastoma. He was 54 years old.

Scott, the chef and owner of the Stonecat Café in Hector, New York, was a pioneer in the farm-to-fork movement in the Finger Lakes. The Stonecat, which was featured and received rave reviews by NYT Magazine, GQ, Southern Living, Newsweek and the local Edible Fingers Lake (which proclaimed Scott a “local hero”) has become a mainstay of the community and his largest wine trail since it opened in 1999. Scott was passionate about making true connections with the people, the food, the land he loved, music and art. He told Edible Finger Lakes: “My best attribute as a chef is being kind. I feel like (my mission as a chef) is to wake people up to life. I think we should prepare food like our parents did for us and grandparents. : with love “. He fulfilled that mission, nurturing and entertaining his beloved community, as well as the devotees who made pilgrimages from New York.

In 1993 Scott opened Escape Café, a restaurant and tapas bar, above La Fonda restaurant on Dupont Circle. With little money but great ideas and a group of artist and musician friends, Scott created a haven for foodies and music lovers. It hosted one of the first drag brunches in DC and hosted musicians like Paula cole and Jewel, as well as local hip hop and indie rock musicians. Paintings and photographs by local artists were constantly rotating on the walls and even on the tables.

Scott grew up in McLean, VA, graduating from McLean High School in 1986 and since Virginia Tech in 1990.

Scott is survived by his children Sophia Cuervo (15) and Wiley david skywalker (12), whom he loved more than all things. Other loved ones include his father. David Lords, Jr. (Linda), mother Nancy McClafferty Dalton Knights (Dave), brother David Lords III (Pamela), sisters Christine Signori Y Gina lords stebbins (Chad), nieces Bella and Lily and nephew Sam, his ex-wife, Jessica giles, his best friend, Daphne nolder, and a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles, particularly Dianne and John Regan.

Scott was buried in his land in Hector, NY. A celebration of a lifetime will be held there in the spring, with tables of great food and wine, live music, art adorning the trees and their pond, and hundreds of Scott fans.

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SOURCE Stonecat Cafe


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