Cayman Cookout A feast of culinary delights awaits


Gourmet food, celebrity chefs, tastings, seminars and hands-on cooking demonstrations are on the menu at upcoming foodie festival Cayman Cookout. 

The celebrated four-day event sees some of the world’s top chefs descend on Cayman’s shores, including Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, and José Andrés. Joining them this year are Culinary Hall of Fame inductee Daniel Boulud, James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, owner of three Michelin star restaurant Eleven Madison Park Daniel Humm, renowned pastry chef Jacques Torres, and television celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, to name just a few.  

The world-renowned culinary experts will join forces with a selection of Cayman’s top chefs, offering an unmatched smorgasbord of culinary events and the chance for guests to savor food prepared by some of the world’s most celebrated chefs.  

Highlights are set to include the Barefoot BBQ at Royal Palms on Friday, Jan. 17, Burgers in Paradise on Saturday, Jan. 18, and the Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch Cook-Off and Gala Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 19.  

“The brunch is a great way to see up and coming culinary talents of Cayman in action,” said Jamie Moench, marketing director at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. “Burgers in Paradise is also back by popular demand. This event offers guests the opportunity to join the chef’s at Rum Point in a relaxed setting to enjoy new burger creations.” 

Tickets are selling out fast, with some events already sold out.  

The Cookout, hosted by Ripert of the acclaimed Le Bernadin and Blue by Eric Ripert and presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food and Wine magazine, is in its sixth year and has helped cement Cayman’s reputation quite possibly as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.  

“The Cookout idea came about six years ago after chef Eric Ripert had become so fond of the islands,” Moench said. “He felt that it was the perfect place to bring together the best in the industry for a unique and intimate food and wine weekend in an incredible setting.” 

Moench said that one of the main reasons the event is so popular is due to its intimate size. 

“Many other food and wine events are so large you don’t have a chance to interact with the chefs.” Moench said. “Cayman Cookout is different, not only because of the intimate size, but also because of the hands-on demonstrations and events.” 


Cayman Cookout highlights   

The Rundown with Anthony Bourdain  

Friday, Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. 

Anthony Bourdain is a trailblazer in educating about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends. Enjoy lunch on The Great Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, while Bourdain explores some of Cayman’s culinary traditions including classic conch chowder, Cayman-style jerk, rundown, and more.  

Tickets are US$139.  


Barefoot BBQ  

Friday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.  

Enjoy a BBQ dinner under the stars at Royal Palms, Seven Mile Beach, with Eric Ripert, José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain in charge of the grill. Garnish the evening with cocktails made from the ultra-premium tequilas of Patron and enjoy sweet treats by master pastry chef Jacques “Mr. Chocolate” Torres.  

Tickets are US$299 per person.  


Burgers in Paradise  

Saturday, Jan. 18, 9 a.m.  

An island-style burger bash, begin with a catamaran sail and snorkel at Stingray City, then onto satisfying burgers of every iteration. Swing from your hammock sipping cocktails or refreshing wines, and enjoy a cocktail, or two, from one of the world’s master mixologists, Tony Abou-Ganim. The Stingray City excursion departs at 9 a.m. The BBQ lunch is from 11.30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  

Tickets are US$329 per person; $279 for BBQ only.   


A Dinner Party at Camana Bay   

Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. 

Dine around the town with champagne, cocktails, canapés and a cooking demonstration featuring José Andrés. Embark on a culinary adventure as chefs pair with restaurants, bringing their own distinct styles to Cayman’s restaurant district.  

Tickets are US$299 per person.  


Champagne Brunch Cook-Off and Artisan Market  

Sunday, Jan. 19, noon 

The annual competition for Cayman’s own amateur Top Chef is held while guests feast on a sumptuous brunch held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Judges include Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and José Andrés. After, enjoy the Artisan Market and sample wines, cocktails and culinary delights from 3-5 p.m at the North Sound Pool.  

Tickets are US$195 for the brunch and $45 for the Artisan Market   


Gala Dinner  

Sunday, Jan. 19 

Eric Ripert invites Chefs Andrés, Bastianich, Bayless, Boulud, Humm, Picard, and Torres into his restaurant Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for a once-in-a-lifetime dinner prepared by some of the most visionary and innovative chefs cooking today.  

Tickets are US$700 per person.   


For a full list of events and ticket details, visit   


Eric Ripert, left, and Anthony Bourdain, Cayman Cookout alumni. The four-day culinary extravaganza kicks off Wednesday, Jan. 16. Photos: Stephen Clarke