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Clay Carnes

Clay Carnes

Chef Clayton Carnes, Cholo Soy Cocina (opening this summer!)

Chef Clayton Charles Carnes is one of South Florida’s hottest culinary commodities. The French Culinary Institute and ALMA -- La Scoula Internazionale di Cucina Italiana -- graduate is known for a decidedly eclectic cuisine that reflects his Italian, Mediterranean, Latin and North American exposure. 

Since leaving The Grille in Wellington, Fl, fans have been awaiting his next move. Now, the wait is almost over with chef’s latest venture bringing cutting-edge Latin street food to South Florida. His brand-new restaurant, Cholo Soy Cocina, tantalizes with Andean-American flavors and tacos crafted from freshly made Florida organic white corn tortillas, locally grown produce, and top–quality meats and ingredients. Working as much as possible with area farms and purveyors, Carnes also concentrates on growing his own peppers, herbs, and exotic vegetables on his restaurant’s patio and roof top garden in his quest to recreate highly specific, international flavors. 

Featured regularly at the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, Taste of the Nation, Swank Table farm dinners and specialty events such as Devour! Florida: The Food Film Fest, Carnes reigned victorious on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen. This month, he’ll return as one of 16 award-winning chefs competing in the Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament with host Alton Brown.

When he’s not in his kitchen at Cholo Soy Cocina, Carnes enjoys building, gardening, riding motorcycles and bicycles, exercising, playing and listening to music, and drinking good mezcal. As passionate as he is about cooking, Chef Carnes is even more in love with his wife and two kids. The young family, from which he draws much of his culinary inspiration, can frequently be seen browsing local green markets and combing the beaches with their Boston terrier.