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Clay Miller thought Orlando was 'ripe for the taking' so he returned to open DoveCote 

He's worked with some legendary names – Boulud, Keller, Cardoz, Van Aken – and was named one of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2010 for his stint at D.C.-area hotspot Trummer's on Main. But all that national acclaim failed to have the desired impact and, after what Miller describes as being a "small fish in a big pond," he was drawn back to Orlando for its emerging food scene, a scene he likens to Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee.

"I saw how my close friends Brandon McGlamery and James Petrakis were killing it and thought Orlando was ripe for the taking," he says. So he did. At DoveCote, his nouveau downtown brasserie, the talented culinarian is making a name for himself right in the heart of the city – DoveCote was named Top Table of 2016 by Orlando Weekly – and seems impressed, even dumbfounded, by the increasing sophistication of DoveCote's clientele.

"You know what I can't stock enough of?" he asks with child-like amazement. "Chicken liver pâté! It outsells our shrimp cocktail by ten to one. I mean, chicken liver pâté! It really is a testament to the food culture of Orlando and the diverse community here." It would appear Miller can look forward to being a big fish in an ever-widening pond for many years to come. —FK

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