Top chefs headline Cayman Cookout

The gourmet culinary festival Cayman Cookout, hosted by Chef Eric Ripert of acclaimed restaurants Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Le Bernardin in New York, is scheduled for Jan. 15 to 18 on Grand Cayman.  

The festival welcomes guests with extraordinary cuisine prepared by the world’s top chefs, along with exclusive culinary demonstrations, tastings, excursions and events.  

Culinary all-stars slated for the seventh annual event include José Andrés, Anthony Bourdain, Daniel Boulud, Marcus Samuelsson, Michael White, Sean Brock, Norman Love, Lynn Crawford, British Chef of the Year and MasterChef finalist Adam Handling, mixologist Charles Joly, and Food & Wine magazine’s executive wine editor, Ray Isle.  

Jay Ehrhart, public relations officer at the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, says the event helps further cement Cayman’s status as the culinary capital of the Caribbean and highlights the sophistication and barefoot elegance of the island’s food scene.  

“Each year, the Cayman Islands attracts a talented group of chefs, and we are so happy that chefs Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and José Andrés call Grand Cayman home for a week in each January,” Ehrhart said. “The event is extremely intimate, allowing guests the chance to mingle with the talent over the course of the weekend in seminars, at restaurants or just along Seven Mile Beach.” 

Event highlights include the Barefoot BBQ at Tikki Beach on Friday, hosted by Ripert, Bourdain, Andres and Samuelsson; an extravagant lunch hosted by Handling and Governor Helen Kilpatrick at Blue by Eric Ripert on Saturday; The Beach Bash, also on Saturday, with Ripert at Rum Point, where guests will be able to sail to the venue by catamaran and enjoy beach bites; The Grand Cayman Dine Around featuring a “surf and turf” dinner at Ortanique, Camana Bay, hosted by chefs Cindy Hutson, Mike Ficschetti and Peter Vauthy, on Saturday; and the Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch and Cook-Off on Sunday at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, followed by the Artisan Market at the Harbour Club.  

“Cayman Cookout attracts both serious epicureans as well as casual foodies, but all can have a wonderful time learning about new cuisines at demonstrations and toasting with highly acclaimed chefs from around the globe,” Ehrhart added. 

For a full event listing and ticket details, visit www.caymancookout.com 

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Anthony Bourdain
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José Andrés entertains the crowd in 2014. – Photo: Stephen Clarke
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