Politicians take to the kitchen

A dinner cooked by Betty Baraud and Premier Alden McLaughlin, with some fellow politicians on hand to help out, raised $5,500 for the Cayman Islands Olympic Funding Committee.  

Businessman Rod Hansen bid for the dinner at a fundraising event for the committee held last year. The dinner for 10, called “A Royal Ascot Affair,” was held Saturday night at the WaterColours home of Ms. Baraud, who is chairwoman of the Olympic Funding Committee.  

Ms. Baraud was head chef, Mr. McLaughlin was both a guest of honor and guest chef, and the sous chefs were MLAs Roy McTaggart and Winston Connolly.  

Servers were committee members Judy Ann Ebanks, Glenda McTaggart and Shadden McLaughlin, and the sommelier for the evening was Gary Benham.  

“The committee and I are very grateful to the Hansens for being so supportive of our efforts over the years and we cannot thank them enough for their generous and significant contribution to our Royal Ascot event last year, in becoming the recipients of the auction item of dinner for 10 at WaterColours, with the Premier and Mrs. McLaughlin as special guests.” 

She added, “The evening was simply a beautiful success because of the amazing people who volunteered and gave of their time … The highlight of the evening, however, was the support of our premier, who took pleasure in assisting us, by not only being our special guest for the evening, but also by preparing and personally delivering a very special local dish, ‘A Premier Slow Roasted Cayman Beef.’” 


Premier Alden McLaughlin, right, and Betty Baraud prepare a dinner in Ms. Baraud’s kitchen, with the help of sous chefs Roy McTaggart, left, and Winston Connolly. – PHOTO: MAGGIE JACKSON