Meet Some of the Area’s Finest Chefs

POSTED ON May 24, 2017 - 5000 North Ocean

In this most exclusive corner of palm beach county, there is a seemingly endless selection of dining establishments to try. How do you decide where to go?

Editor’s Choice Singer Island: CHEF GUSTAVO CALDERON


3800 Ocean at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

Houston, Texas

Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Management from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and a degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York.

Calderon spent four years with Ritz-Carlton in Cancun, Naples (Florida) and Bahrain before accepting his new position at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island .

He interned with the legendary chef, Eric Ripert, at Le Bernardin and trained under James Beard-award-winning chef, Mark Militello.
Favorite Aspect of Working in Florida:
Working with some of the best seafood in the country.

Goals for 3800 Ocean:
Expanding our relationships with local farmers to further enhance the restaurant’s culinary experience and menu offerings.

Unique Feature of 3800 Ocean:
The “Kitchen Table”—this special set-up offers up to five diners the opportunity to sit in 3800 Ocean’s kitchen, where they witness culinary creativity up-close. Here, Chef Calderon and his team spontaneously create a five-course menu with optional cocktail and wine pairings.

Popular Dishes at 3800 Ocean:
Yellowfin Tuna Crudo appetizer, Pan Roasted Black Grouper, Korean BBQ Short Rib and a Pork Tenderloin Porchetta. Top pasta dishes include: Maine Lobster and Truffle Risotto and the Jumbo Shrimp Garganelli.

3800 N. Ocean Drive | Singer Island
561.340.1795 |

Editor’s Choice Palm Beach Gardens: CHEF Alexander Sutherland

CHEF Alexander Sutherland

Carmine’s Ocean Grill & Sushi Bar

The Florida Culinary Institute

Sous Chef at Oakwood Grille

Young & Innovative

The finer ingredients in life

Known for:
Innovative creations with the best ingredients

Pioneering dish creations to please his family and friends

Unique Features of Carmine’s Ocean Grill & Sushi Bar:
Carmine’s Ocean Grill & Sushi Bar, located in Palm Beach Gardens, boasts a reputation as the premier dining destination in the area. Known for its immense selection of menu items tailored to accommodate the tastes of any palate, Carmine’s is not your ordinary sushi and seafood grill. You can relish in some of the finest in fresh seafood, sushi, raw-bar fare, steaks, pastas, and creative signature cocktails, while enjoying beautiful sunsets on the patio terrace.

2401 PGA Boulevard #160 | Palm Beach Gardens
561.472.7900 |

Editor’s Choice Palm Beach: CHEF CLAY CONLEY



Scarborough, Maine

Conley fell in love with the restaurant business at age 13 when he was working as a dishwasher. He was discovered by well-known chef, Todd English. During his 10 years with English’s Olives Group, Conley moved all over the world, including to Tokyo. At age 29, he was the Culinary Director for all 18 of English’s restaurants. He then moved to the Mandarin Oriental Miami’s elegant Azul, where he won a 2008 South Florida Rising Stars Award. From there, he went on to open Buccan, along with Imoto and then Grato. He has since received two James Beard Award nominations for Best Chef: South and numerous Best New Restaurant awards.

Restaurant Philosophy:
“Small plates. Big flavor”

Strong appreciation of fresh ingredients and seasonality due to his rural Maine upbringing, and the eight years he spent in Japan

Popular Dishes at Buccan:
Steak Tartare with black truffle and crispy egg yolk, Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms, Short Rib Empanadas and Conley’s handmade pastas, especially Squid Ink Orecchiette

350 S. County Road | Palm Beach

Editor’s Choice Palm Beach: CHEF Adam Brown

CHEF Adam Brown

The Cooper

New York

Culinary Institute of America

Brown cooked at Blue Water Grill in New York City. In South Florida, he worked at Sunfish Grill and Sundy House. In 2004, he joined Rapoport’s Restaurant Group and worked as Executive Sous Chef at Bogart’s Bar & Grille, later becoming the Executive Chef at Henry’s in Delray Beach. He was the opening Executive Chef at Burt & Max’s.

Restaurant Philosophy:
“Food should be approachable”


The very best local ingredients

He has a background in French cuisine and adds Mediterranean influences to his classic American dishes.

Popular Dishes at The Cooper:
Charcuterie and Cheese Plates, Crispy Falafel, Zaatar Grilled Black Pearl Salmon, Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib and the over-the-top Cooper Sundae

4610 PGA Blvd, #100
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418