‘Out of the Kitchen’ A culinary showcase

One of the highlights of Cayman’s annual culinary calendar, “Out of the Kitchen,” is set to be held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, on Thursday, Oct. 23. 

This gourmet extravaganza wraps up the Cayman Culinary Society’s Annual Culinary Awards of Excellence Competition and Trade Show – a three-day competition which sees Cayman’s best chefs go head to head. 

The gourmet gala, held in the resort’s ballroom, features more than 15 of Cayman’s finest restaurants and offers a rare opportunity for Cayman’s top chefs to step out of the kitchen and into the limelight. 

The chefs will each host their own table at the gala, entertaining guests with their culinary tales while cooking a three-course menu table side.  

Participating restaurants this year include Blue by Eric Ripert, Seven, Taikun, Abacus, Agua, Anchor & Den, The Beach House, Bombay Chopsticks, The Brasserie, Blue Cilantro, Calypso Grill, Cracked Conch, Luca, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Ortanique and Tukka.  

“It is such a fun, interactive event … from chatting with your chef and table mates as a delectable meal is being created, to entertainment from our fabulous host, Vicki Wheaton, said Megan Licata, PR manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. 

She added, “‘Out of the Kitchen’ is the one event where we gather the chefs of Cayman to collaborate and celebrate our local culinary community with a truly unique dining experience.”  

The event also shines a spotlight on the Cayman Culinary Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner. This year, the award winner is chef George Fowler of Calypso Grill.  

As well as a culinary showcase, the event is also for a good cause, with proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Cayman Culinary Society and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s Culinary Art Scholarship.  

The scholarship awards one Caymanian student for his or her academic excellence, with the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree from one of four Johnson & Wales University campuses. In addition to the full-cost of tuition, room and board and academic fees, the scholar receives $1,000 allocated for books and supplies for up to four years and a paid internship at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for each year he or she is enrolled in university.  

Stefan Ebanks was the first student to receive the scholarship. He will complete his undergraduate education in May 2015, after which he hopes to pursue a Master’s degree in tourism development. 

Tickets, available from participating restaurants, are priced at $145, and include wine pairings and dessert buffet. Alternatively, tickets can be reserved by calling The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, on 815-6912. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. 

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Kelly Irmen with Maureen Cubbon at last year’s Out of the Kitchen event.