Wellington Chef Clay Carnes will chair the Wellington Chamber of Commerce’s Flavors 2018, set for Friday, April 13 at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.
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.
His restaurant, Cholo Soy Cocina, delivers a new kind of Latin street food. With tantalizing Andean-American flavors featuring locally grown produce and top-quality meats and ingredients, his menu boasts tacos all crafted from freshly made Florida organic white corn tortillas.
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 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 several episodes of the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.”
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, Carnes is even more in love with his wife and two children. 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.
For more information about Flavors 2018, call (561) 792-6525 or visit www.wellingtonchamber.com.