Named the Hottest Chef of 2016 by The Weekend Australian Magazine, Clayton opens his first restaurant Automata at The Old Clare Hotel after working as a sous chef at David Chang’s Momofuku Seiobo.
Clayton created Automata with the intention of showcasing local produce in a way that pays tribute to all the cultural experiences he has cultivated whilst working and travelling abroad. He also wanted to create a more relaxed atmosphere where people could dictate the dining experience for themselves, whether a 3-hour leisurely lunch on a Saturday or a quick post-work dinner. To put it simply, Clayton is combining the fine dining style of food that he likes to cook with, with the casual restaurant feel that he enjoys eating in.
Clayton has won Chef of the Year in Time Out Food Awards 2016, while Automata has won SMH 2017 Good Food Guide Awards and is listed Top 50 Restaurants in Australia in The Daily Telegraph.