2 Palm Beach County chefs earn semifinalist slots

Two chefs with Palm Beach County restaurants are among the contenders for this year’s coveted James Beard Awards, a prize that’s often called “the Oscars of food.”

Acclaimed Palm Beach chef Clay Conley, who revolutionized the island’s dining scene when he opened Buccan modern bistro in 2011, earned a spot on the semifinalist list for 2022 “Best Chef” in the South, according to the full semifinalist lineup announced Wednesday by the James Beard Foundation. This is the sixth time in the past 10 years that Conley has made the semifinals list.

“It’s an honor. It’s nice to be mentioned,” Conley told The Post. He learned the news while in a meeting, when he noticed a barrage of messages on his phone. “I had no idea what was going on.”

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