Clifford Pleau Joins Bonefish Grill as VP of Culinary Research & Development

Award-winning chef will oversee food innovation and menu development

Clifford Pleau will lead culinary initiatives and menu development at Bonefish Grill as the new vice president of research and development. Chef Pleau is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has extensive experience with developing restaurant concepts including California Grill at Walt Disney Word and Seasons 52.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chef Pleau to our team," said Bonefish Grill President Stephen Judge. "His expertise, experience and passion is an excellent addition and one that will take us to the next level."

As a food visionary, Chef Pleau is known for his passion in using quality, fresh ingredients and flavorful cooking techniques and his culinary style is a welcomed addition as Bonefish Grill continues to develop seasonal dishes and bar fresh cocktails.

"I'm really looking forward to working with the Bonefish Grill team," said Chef Pleau. "It's an exciting time in the world of polished casual dining, and I'm glad to be a part of it with a restaurant that embraces innovation and culinary excitement."

Chef Pleau has received numerous accolades, including "Rising Star" by Food & Wine Magazine and Wine Spectator, Nation's Restaurant News' "Menu Masters Chef Innovator of the Year" award "Master of Taste" from the American Academy of Taste.

About Bonefish Grill
Founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish from around the world and other savory wood-grilled specialties. Guests receive "chef's coat service" and are guided through an innovative, seasonal menu and specials featuring the highest-quality, fresh ingredients. Combined with a big-city bar, Bonefish Grill offers hand-crafted cocktails and an affordable distinct list of 30 wines by the glass offering a great match for any food pairing.

The restaurant provides a fun and lively place to eat, drink, relax and socialize any day of the week. The experience is based on the premise of simplicity, consistency and a strong commitment to excellence at every level. In fourteen years, the award-winning Bonefish Grill family has grown to more than 200 restaurants across the country. For more information, visit www.bonefishgrill.com, facebook.com/BonefishGrill or follow on Twitter @bonefishgrill.