‘Oscars’ of food: Autry, Conley make James Beard Award semifinals list


Palm Beach County got a double-dose of good news on the culinary front in recent days: Two local chefs earned spots on the semifinals list for the prestigious James Beard Award for best chef in the South.

The annual James Beard honors are considered to be the Oscars of the culinary world.  

Making this list is a first for Chef Lindsay Autry, executive chef and partner at The Regional Kitchen & Public House in West Palm. While the semifinalists must endure another round before the final nominees are announced March 14, Autry says just making the early list is the bucket-list item she can now check off. (She’s just 35.) 

The other local nominee is no stranger to the Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: South” list. Chef Clay Conley, culinary mind of the Buccan Restaurant Group, is now a four-time semifinalist for the award. 

Last week’s announcement should come as no surprise to those who have sampled either of the chefs’ cooking. Not only are they are turning out some of the most soulful, honest dishes in South Florida, they are helping to give rise to central Palm Beach County as a culinary destination.


HAVE A TASTE

Here’s where you can check out chefs Autry and Conley’s dishes.

Autry’s restaurant:

Conley’s restaurants:


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