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Clay Conley, formerly of Azul at Miami’s Mandarin Oriental, has quickly shaken up Palm Beach dining. He’s abandoned the corporate-chef path and opened two buzzworthy restaurants that could contend as NYC neighborhood eateries: Buccan, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in January, serves creative, all-over-the map small plates like a lamb T-bone with eggplant, harissa and […]

City & Shore Square

Picture a shot glass perched atop a mound of shaved ice. Within the glass is a colorful soup of shochu, ponzu and sriracha, a silver blue oyster and golden uni (raw sea urchin) garnished with tobico caviar and scallions. It’s almost too pretty to touch, but it’s down the hatch — and the sea and […]


Meet the local culinary star behind the success of Buccan in Palm Beach. What makes him a star, however, is not that his restaurant is bustling or that it is regularly visited by national celebrity chefs and the island’s blue-blazer set.  What makes Clay Conley a star is that he keeps making himself better. He […]


Weighing in at less than two and a half miles, Palm Beach’s South County Road has broad global appeal. The Island’s north/south artery, South County has long been a tony locale of the epi-curious, a land of riches for the gourmand with polished table manners. But the flavors of the island received a jolt of […]


When Clay Conley carves up aji, the Japanese horse mackerel he has flown in fresh from Tokyo several times a week to serve at his small Asian eatery in Palm Beach, he is transported to one of the greatest culinary adventures of his career: the stretch of months in 2003, when he lived and worked […]


Clay Conley is one of the ‘buzziest’ chefs to hit the mean streets of Palm Beach in years. Fresh and young, the plates Conley slings from the kitchens of Buccan and Imoto are inventive, sometimes exotic and always delicious. So when we began bandying about names for this challenge, Conley was a constant on the […]


Buccan made it into our Florida guide for its tasty small plates and buzzy scene. Since then, its chef, Clay Conley, has been named a semifinalist in the James Beard Awards’ Southern-chef category, and has opened an Asian restaurant next door to his original spot: Imoto is a 40-seater serving sushi and small plates. What […]


Clay Conley has done it again. Certainly one of Palm Beach County’s most talented chefs, Conley was recently named a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef South.  Read the full story


To go along with his recent nomination for “Best Chef South” honors by the James Beard Foundation, Palm Beach chef-restaurateur Clay Conley has two new family additions. One is a new daughter, the other is a little sister. The latter would be Imoto.  Read the full story


The Scene:  Sleek, chic and simple, as if transported bamboo reed-by-bamboo reed from one of Tokyo’s traditional after-work watering holes, Imoto – the latest brainchild from Buccan chef Clay Conley – is a tour of Asia. The tapas-style restaurant is a result of the months Conley and his wife, Averill, spent in Japan setting up […]