- Martin T. Olliff
Scotto, Charles (13 March 1886–24 October 1937), chef and founder of the American Culinary Federation, Inc., was born in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Little is known about Scotto’s early life, though he was survived in 1937 by three brothers and three sisters. He attained at least an elementary education, and judging by his rapid rise in career, he probably was an exceptional student. Scotto served a lengthy apprenticeship in the pastry shop of the casino at Monte Carlo before moving to the Hotel Metropole in Brighton, England, in 1900. He completed his culinary apprenticeship at age twenty-one under Master Chef Georges Auguste Escoffier in Brighton. Scotto’s relationship with the world-renowned Escoffier (called by the press the “Chef of Kings and the King of Chefs”) was exceptionally close. Escoffier’s biographers as well as the ...