Cook-off students to meet MasterChef TV show finalist

Rising culinary stars will go head-to-head on Wednesday, Dec. 17, in a mystery basket cook-off. 

The first heat of the competition, hosted by Flava magazine, will see six emerging chefs compete for the chance to cook alongside last year’s “British MasterChef: The Professionals” finalist, Adam Handling.  

The chefs in training will kick-off at 9 a.m. at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, with a mystery basket of ingredients. They will have 15 minutes to decide on a single entree and select additional items from the pantry. They will then have 45 minutes to prepare four plates. The competing chefs are; Stevyn Lynch, Jyjalli Swaby, Desly Missick, Anastascio Menza-Hebbert and Zack Myrie. 

Lynch, 18, works at Grand Cayman Beach Suites while also studying at UCCI’s School of Hospitality. Swaby, 18, has set his sights on attending the prestigious Johnson & Wales University to study the culinary arts. He is also enrolled in UCCI’s hospitality program. Missick, a former UCCI graduate, works at Ortanique in Camana Bay in both the front and back of house garnering the necessary skills for a career in the food and beverage industry. Menza-Hebbert, 18, and Myrie, 21, both work at the new restaurant, The Bistro. Both are graduates of UCCI’s tourism apprenticeship program.  

The two winning chefs from Wednesday’s competition, which will be judged by Governor Helen Kilpatrick and Frederic Morineau, executive chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, will go on to cook another mystery basket round on Wednesday, Jan. 14. The winner will be announced later that evening at a gala dinner at the Governor’s House hosted by Handling, British Airways, the Department of Tourism and Flava magazine.  

Handling wowed MasterChef judges Michel Roux Jr., Monica Galetti and Greg Wallace with his unusual, yet exciting, food combinations and big flavors.  

He is attending this year’s Cayman Cookout, where he will participate in a series of events, thanks to a partnership with the Governor’s Office, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and British Airways. It will be the first time a British chef has participated in the festival. In addition to hosting a series of dinners and partnering with Flava magazine on the competition, Handling will also host a Flava magazine sponsored meet and greet with invited guests. 


Young local chefs in training will go head-to-head in a mystery basket cook-off on Wednesday for the chance to work with ‘British MasterChef: The Professionals’ finalist Adam Handling at January’s Cayman Cookout.

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