Chef Clay Conley opened buccan in Palm Beach, Florida in 2011. He wanted to create a casually sophisticated space that offered small plates with big flavors, and replicate the camaraderie felt when dining at a friend’s house. The result? Raving accolades, a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef: South – in both 2012 and 2013 – and an expansion. In February 2012, he opened Imoto (transl: little sister), an intimate, Asian-focused extension of buccan.
His “progressive American” approach at buccan blends the classic comfort of his New England childhood, the rustic boldness of the Mediterranean, and the sensual influence of Latin America. Highlighting contrasting tastes, textures, and temperatures, Clay applies his flair and sense of balance to traditional flavor combinations and dishes.
Chef Clay and his restaurants have been recognized in national and international publications including Travel + Leisure, Robb Report, Conde Nast Traveler, Miami Herald, Complot, USA Today, Fodors, Boston Globe, NY Post and Wall Street Journal. Buccan is listed as Forbes Travel Guide’s “hottest spot” in Palm Beach and as Esquire’s “Where to Eat in South FL Now,” and has received “Best Restaurant” honors from all area publications. Clay has also cooked on Emeril’s Florida, featured on both Food Network and Cooking Channel, and on The Today Show and Fox and Friends.