Scott Winston, Scott Winston Fine Food Consulting

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Scott Winston started his career in fine food retail some 20 years ago at Harvey Nichols Foodhall. Scott discovered a passion for food and the food business and moved quickly through the retail operations and purchasing ranks to ultimately reach the level of Buyer. An opportunity to move to prestigious department store Harrods tore Scott away from Harvey Nichols. During his time at Harrods Scott explored different buyer roles and at one point or another was responsible for every category within the Foodhall across both ambient and fresh food ranges. Scott also played a key role in organising and managing Harrods restaurant food buying across the 20 own-bought restaurants, and played a key role in major food projects and promotions such as the Thomas Keller French Laundry pop-up.

Looking for new challenges Scott moved across Hyde Park from Knightsbridge to Oxford Street to join the Selfridges buying team in the role of Grocery Buyer. During this period Scott launched many campaigns and seasonal ranges including Selfridges own-brand response to health and well-being in the form of Selfridges ReBalance food range. Scott also headed up the Project Ocean initiative to remove all water sold in single use plastic bottles across Foodhalls and restaurants, a bold and visionary statement by the world famous store.

Most recently 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.

Tara Sundramoorthi