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Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

It's a well-known fact that chefs have become the new rock stars.

From former party animal Anthony Bourdain -- we'd liken him to a more together Keith Richards -- to supermodel-like Giada De Laurentiis, the kitchen is in these days.

While chefs across the country are getting recognition from culinary bigwigs like the James Beard Foundation, reality-TV series on the Food Network, or cooking magazines galore, just like the ever-growing farm-to-table movement, we like to keep it local.

See also: Ten Best Chefs in Broward County

We think we have some pretty damned good talent in these here parts of the country. From Asian to new American to traditional French technique and everywhere in between, we have some amazing men and women cooking up a local scene.

With that, we've decided to compile a list of our best of the best. Here are the ten best chefs in Palm Beach County.

Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

10. Darryl Moiles, The Four Seasons

As executive chef of the distinguished Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, to say Moiles can look after a million moving pieces would almost be an understatement; with multiple restaurants within the five-star resort, he expertly offers the best of the best. His self-proclaimed "American flare" is evident in his new takes on classics like his lump crab cake with parsnip purée, watercress, Cabernet tomatoes, and balsamic brown butter and internationally inspired dishes, such as tuna tartare and scallop crudo. If it's good enough for the rich and famous, it's good enough for us.

Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

9. Aaron Black, PB Catch

The creator of PB Catch's unusual yet ingenious sea-cuterie offerings, Black can do things to local seafood that most chefs only dream they can do. From salmon pastrami and octopus torchon to MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) Certified Chilean sea bass with caramelized soy Brussels sprouts, enoki mushrooms, glazed baby carrots, and crispy leeks, he has a way of coaxing out the ideal combination of flavors from the sea. There's a reason PB Catch got our pick for Best Seafood Restaurant -- 2013; suffice it to say, Black a had little something to do with that.

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Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

8. Fritz Cassel, Hullabaloo

Shortly after Gratify American Gastropub shut its doors, local restaurateur -- and empire builder -- Rodney Mayo and his team at Hullabaloo snatched up Cassel: You should be grateful. At this Clematis Street Italian gastropub, Cassel serves handcrafted dishes like heirloom tomato and house-made buratta salad and house-cured fennel salmon served with toasted flatbread and a soft-poached egg. It's kind of like fare your nonna used to make -- but a million times better.

Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

7. Caleb Holman, Kapow! Noodle Bar

As executive chef of number one out of the Ten Best Restaurants in Boca Raton, Holman is known for bringing his love of Southwestern food and his French technique to the flavorful Asian fare at Kapow! Since coming onboard last year, he's brought some captivating dishes to the plate, such as the Bulgogi tacos with thinly sliced rib eye sautéed in spicy Korean BBQ sauce, served in corn tortilla, and topped with Napa cabbage, grape tomato, red onion, and Kimchee mayo. Anything made by Holman will be like a punch to the mouth -- figuratively, of course.

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Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

6. Bruce Feingold, Dada Restaurant & Lounge

New Times' Reader's Choice winner for Best Chef in Broward and Palm Beach Counties and this year's winner for Delray's Garlic Fest 2013, Feingold is known for his creative and interesting fare. Dishes like lamb ribs, pork belly waffle dogs, and habanero-maple-glazed salmon offer different but accessible takes on traditional American comfort fare. Just like the antiestablishment Dada movement itself, this guy serves delectable food that is anything but the norm.

Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

5. Zach Bell, Addison Reserve

We're just going to say it: Bell would be higher on the list, but he left us -- the populous -- for the 1 percenters at Addison Reserve Country Club. Sure it was a better move for him personally -- he could probably have some time off from work after years at the highly prestigious Cafe Boulud -- however, selfishly, like a petulant child, we miss him and his beautiful French technique. Sure, we can still get a bite of the James Beard nominees dishes at festivals and the many charitable events in which he is involved, like Feeding South Florida, the March of Dimes, the Boy's and Girl's Club, and Quantum House, but with his food, one bite isn't enough. Hey, at least he has the ability to give back now -- and luckily, we still get to see him around.

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Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

4. Nick Morfogen, 32 East

In terms of résumé, this guy has all the cred any chef could ever want or need. Morfogen has spent time at such prestigious spots as La Cote Basque, Le Bernardin, and Le Cirque in New York and Tra Vigne in the Napa Valley. Here he brings his love of Alice Waters' seasonal use of ingredients and locally sourced products to Delray Beach. Every day, he sends out a constantly changing assortment of creative Mediterannean-inspired modern-American dishes like pumpkin pappardelle in chanterelle mushroom sauce and oak-roasted speared black grouper. This guy might be picky in terms of what he uses, but that's exactly what you want in a chef.

Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

3. Tim Lipman, Coolinary Cafe

This year's pick for Best Restaurant -- Palm Beach County 2013, Lipman's Coolinary Cafe offers some interesting and delectable dishes that will blow your mind away. You've obviously had tacos before, but rabbit tacos? We doubt it, unless you come here. Chicken and waffles? His innovative Asian-inspired take will have you begging for more.

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Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

2. Lindsay Autry, Sundy House

At her post in the kitchen of the idyllic Sundy House, this Top Chef Texas churns out an ever-changing array of gourmet delicacies with Southern and Mediterranean influences, such as braised veal cheek with toasted garlic and a swank heirloom bean vinaigrette. Speaking of Swank, in addition to her charitable work with Share Our Strength, Autry is the resident chef for Swank Table in western Palm Beach County. She's been doing the whole farm-to-table thing since before it was a thing. Not only is Autry one of the best female chefs in the area; she's one of the best chefs period.

Ten Best Chefs in Palm Beach County

1. Clay Conley, Buccan

This two-time James Beard nominee has not only racked up the nods from the culinary elite but he's also received more important awards, such as New Times Best Chef -- 2013, and he made number one on our list of "Tastemakers" in Broward and Palm Beach. If that's not enough to prove his worthiness, try out his food for yourself; dishes like his short-rib empanadas or his squid ink orecchiette should be able to speak for themselves.

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