Meet writer Mark Scott


When he was in elementary school, Mark Scott dreamed of being a beat writer for the Cleveland Indians.


He’s been writing for newspapers and magazines for more than 20 years, most recently as senior editor of Smart Business, and now as the owner of MGS Writing Solutions.


He’s a fan of cooking shows such as Top Chef, Chopped, and Good Eats.


Raising two kids with his wife in Mentor on the Lake, Ohio, Mark admits that it’s not always about gourmet cooking, but about coming up with meals the kids will actually eat.


How long have you been writing?


I've always loved to write since I was a kid in elementary school and dreamed of being the beat writer for the Cleveland Indians. I wrote for the paper at Cleveland State, covering sports, and got my first professional job at a Northeast Ohio paper called The News-Herald. I started in business, moved to local government and eventually became the education reporter. In 2006, I left the paper and began working at Smart Business. Along the way, I've always thought about writing a book or doing more creative, non-work types of writing, but I haven't yet followed through on these desires.


Tell us about how sports and writing relates to your love of food.


I love baseball, so I always love to try the cuisine while I'm watching the game. Progressive Field in Cleveland, has really stepped up its game in recent years with the addition of stands run by popular local restaurants such as Melt, Sweet Moses ice cream, Fat Head's Brewery, as well as Barrio and Momocho, which have Mexican food options. I like a traditional hot dog, but I also enjoy street tacos, burgers and unique ice cream treats.


Do you ever write about food?


I've had the good fortune to interview a number of restaurant owners over the years and I love to learn about what they love about food and cooking. It's interesting to find out how they've translated this passion to business so they can have others prepare food as they would do it. Food is one of those things that everybody loves, so writing about it allows for a great deal of creativity as a writer.