Best Chef Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2013 - Clay Conley
For the record: This decision was not based on Conley's good looks alone, although those boyish dimples most certainly did not hurt. Combine those good looks with a pedigree to match — in 2005, he was named a StarChef's Rising Star Chef, spent time working directly under Todd English, and managed to fill Michelle Bernstein's shoes as executive chef of Azul — and you have yourself a celebrity chef. Conley is known for exquisitely prepared dishes from his wood-fired grill at Buccan and Asian-inspired cuisine with modern twists at Imoto. He has been the only chef in Broward and Palm Beach counties to get nods from the James Beard for the past two years. Although he didn't make the finalist cut, he's still our hometown hero.