Sister Islands Cook-Off heats up

This year’s Sister Islands Cook-Off
promises to be bigger and better than ever, said Peter Hillenbrand, president
of the Sister Islands Tourism Association, which is organising the event.

SICO as the gastronomic extravaganza
is affectionately known on Little Cayman, will be held at the Southern Cross
Club, Saturday, 15 May. Each year it moves to a different resort on the island.

The event is SITA’s one annual
fundraiser and all the proceeds go towards the association’s work in promoting inward
tourism.

“This year we’re going all out to
encourage more local participation,” Mr. Hillenbrand said.

“We’ve got a local category for
non-chefs, and we’re hoping to entice several of our marvellous amateur cooks
to polish off the opposition with some amazing dishes.

“The beauty of SICO is that even
within the categories, you’re never quite sure what you’ll be getting from one
year to the next.  We could taste a
delicious whelk dish whose recipe is a closely guarded family secret one minute
and something that’s very nouveau cuisine the next. That’s what keeps it so
fresh and such fun,” he commented.

This year, the five food categories
include appetiser and soup, dessert, entre and local fare.

The food will be judged by chef
Vico from Pappagallo’s, Guiseppi Gatta from the Lighthouse and Keith Griffin
from Bacchus.

First and second prize winners in each category will
receive a Nambe trophy. Cash prizes will be $100 for first place and $50 for
second placed. The highest overall score in all categories will receive the
coveted SICO Nambe Grand Champion Trophy, and an extra $100.

Sponsored by Cayman National Bank,
SICO is one of the largest and most popular events in the Sister Islands
calendar.

As well as a dazzling variety of
sweet and savoury dishes to sample, visitors will be able to kick back and have
plenty of fun.

A host of activities is being
planned allowing visitors a moment or two away from the food.

 Children will be able to burn off the calories
with games including an egg toss and sack races. Grown-ups can let their hair
down and loosen their belts a little while taking part in a game or two of flip
the cup and some bar-oriented games.

“The accent will be on fun, first
and foremost,” said Mr. Hillenbrand. “We have people from off the rock who come
once and come back annually to kick back, relax and enjoy some great cooking in
a perfect setting.”

The cook-off will also feature a raffle for airplane
tickets, dinners, scuba gear, fishing equipment and other valuable items. 

DJ Emeril and his Little Cayman Cookers will provide
music.  

For further details, call Mr. Hillenbrand, at 948-1099. 

For a schedule of flights to the Sister Islands,
contact Cayman Airways reservations, at 949-2311. 

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