Cayman Islands Hosts Fourth Annual Cayman Cookout

The Cayman Islands is proud to announce the fourth annual
Cayman Cookout, to take place January 12-15, 2012. This epicurean weekend will
once again be hosted by celebrity Chef Eric Ripert, creator of acclaimed Grand
Cayman restaurant, Blue. Brought to you by the Cayman Islands Department of
Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food & Wine magazine, Cayman
Cookout gives guests from across the globe the opportunity to indulge in
unparalleled cuisine prepared by some of the world’s top chefs in the most
intimate of settings.

Guests will enjoy four days of mouth-watering indulgence and personal
encounters with participating world-class chefs and sommeliers amidst the
blissful surroundings of the Cayman Islands. Eric Ripert, together with
culinary masters Anthony Bourdain, Jose Andrés, April Bloomfield, François
Payard, Richard Blais, Paul Rogalski, Food & Wine wine and spirits expert
Ray Isle and Le Bernardin’s master sommelier Aldo Sohm, will take visitors on a
delectable journey all over Grand Cayman with demonstrations, tastings, and
excursions. Other esteemed attendees will include Food & Wine’s Dana Cowin
and Gail Simmons.

An unparalleled experience for foodies and travelers, Cayman Cookout will allow
visitors to delight in the extensive culinary knowledge exhibited by the
world’s most talented chefs and sommeliers. Some of Cayman Cookout’s memorable
events will include:

– Chefs Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain revealing all their kitchen secrets in
a tell-all session.
– A multi-course dinner at Camana Bay’s top restaurants with an extensive
dessert buffet by famed pastry chef, Francois Payard.
– A casual Caymanian beach party with epicurean spreads from Cayman Cookout’s
top chefs at popular bar and lounge, Tiki Beach.
– A Top Chef reunion with celebrity judge Gail Simmons and Top Chef Masters
finalist Richard Blais.
– An extraordinary Cayman Cookout Gala Dinner, the highlight of the weekend – a
seven course meal prepared by the weekend’s celebrated chefs.

Additional events will be held throughout the weekend and will be announced
closer to the date.

Cayman Cookout kicks off a full month during which the destination’s epicurean
cuisine is recognized and celebrated: Cayman Culinary Month. From mid-January
to mid-February, visitors will enjoy delicious dining across the island and
special epicurean events throughout the month.

“We are thrilled to announce the fourth annual Cayman Cookout event,” stated
Premier McKeeva Bush. “Cayman Cookout is an event
that has grown to highlight the destination’s unique culture and vibrancy. We
are excited to introduce visitors to our culture through food and hope that
both visitors and world-class chefs will continue to be drawn to the Cayman
Islands for this unique gastronomic experience.”

According to Cline Glidden, Jr., Councilor with Responsibility for Tourism,
“Cayman Cookout is the perfect way to kick off Cayman Culinary Month, a month
long celebration of the Cayman Islands’ rich culture and delicious cuisine.”

Tickets will be available for sale from September 15, 2011.


Chef Eric Ripert
Photo: Submitted