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Chef Clay Conley

Chef Clay Conley opened the doors to Buccan with partners and friends Sam Slattery and Oliver “Piper” Quinn in 2011. Years of planning, and decades of working, traveling, reading, eating, drinking, and cooking culminated into this space and menu. Buccan represents what and how Clay loves to cook – small plates with big flavors. The raving accolades that resulted from his realized vision included five James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: South, numerous Best New Restaurant awards, and growth….in 2012, he opened Imoto (transl: little sister), an intimate, Asian-focused extension of Buccan, and in 2016 he opened Grato, the beloved Italian concept in the heart of West Palm Beach.

Chef Clay Conley

In the press

The 100 best restaurants in America

OpenTable, the online restaurant reservations system, just released its “100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016.” And it’s refreshing, to say the least. So how is this list different from more prestigious rankings such as The World’s 50 Best Restaurants or France’s La Liste? Or even the James Beard Awards and Michelin? 

36 hours in Palm Beach

Ever since the oil tycoon Henry Flagler turned the alligator-infested jungle known as Lake Worth into a tropical paradise for the 1 percent (it was the Gilded Age, after all) with palatial hotels and a railroad to serve them, Palm Beach has been synonymous with the biggest and the best: fortunes, jewels, scandals. The 16-mile-long island of extravagant mansions . . .

A sunny escape: 3 perfect days

Head a block east to the corner with the Tourneau and Ferragamo stores, then make a left and walk three blocks to the unfussy elegance of Buccan for dinner. Close your eyes and point to anything on the menu (the chef is a repeat James Beard nominee). You could say that Delray was built on hospitality: In the late 1800s, when South Florida wasn’t much more than an untamed expanse of scrubland, a house of refuge was built here to shelter shipwrecked sailors.

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