Scott E. Taplin died at his home in Manassas, Va. on July 30 from complications of cirrhosis. He was 55.

Scott was born in Dover, N.J., grew up on Shelter Island, N.Y. and was a long time resident of Martha’s Vineyard.

Scott was an accomplished chef and wood craftsman. He travelled the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe learning various cuisines, and was the first American to work as sous-chef at the Carlyle in New York city. He worked as a private chef for 30 years. A highly skilled wood worker, he built custom bowls, platters, cutting boards, and furniture which were displayed at craft fairs throughout New England.

Scott is survived by brothers George and Bruce and sisters Jill, Terry, and Lynn, as well as many nieces and nephews, and his dog Hobbes.

He was a brother and a friend and he will be greatly missed.

There will be a memorial service for Scott on Shelter Island in mid-September. Please contact for additional information.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Foundation for Alcoholism Research at