Scott Merrill of the London Beth Din Chosen By Kashrus Magazine As "Kosher Supervisor of the Year"
By: Kashrus Magazine
KASHRUS Magazine's December/January issue features a full interview with Mr. Merrill. He was also interviewed on Kashrus Magazine's weekly radio show, Kashrus on the Air, on Monday, November 19. (The interview can be accessed live or archived at www.JRootRadio.com or 718-506-9099, option 3, and then option 3.)
Previous awardees were Rabbi Yisroel Gildin, Teaneck, NJ (2017), Rabbi Catriel Blum, Toronto, ON (2016), Barry Nash, Bergenfield, NJ (2015), Rabbi Aron Musat, Chicago, IL (2014), Rabbi Favish Moster, Brooklyn, NY (2013), Moshe Stander, Boynton Beach, FL (2012) and Gedalia Silverstein, Atlanta, GA (2011).
Scott Merrill was chosen from among the nominees of the 1,427 kosher agencies worldwide. He has worked for 18 years for the London Beth Din ("KLBD") in England, one of the largest kosher certifying agencies in all of Europe. This is the first time in the eight years of the "Kosher Supervisor of the Year" award that a kosher supervisor was chosen from outside North America.
Mr. Merrill is a kosher supervisor for "KLBD" catered affairs as well as for "KLBD"-certified establishments. He also trains new kosher supervisors, and is a "bug" expert who researches for the London Beth Din the best methodology to clean each type of fruit and vegetable, an important part of a kosher supervisor's work. An effective kosher supervisor, Mr. Merrill constantly uses his communication and people skills to keep tension out of the kitchen and to foster cooperation in the workplace.
The sponsors of the "Kosher Supervisor of the Year" Award were Diversified Communications, the producers of Kosherfest; Costa Rica Kosher Adventures ( www.costaricakosheradventures.com); and Kosher Vitamin Express ( www.koshervitamins.com).
"A kosher supervisor is a combination of an administrator, an arbitrator, an educator, and a communicator,"
KASHRUS Magazine's December/January issue features an interview with the "Kosher Supervisor of the Year." To receive a free copy of that 6-page interview and report, email KASHRUS Magazine at firstname.lastname@example.org, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to KASHRUS, Kosher supervisor Award, POB 204, Brooklyn, NY 11204, or call 718-336-8544.
Rabbi Yosef Wikler