Chefs, foodies gather for Cayman Cookout

Epicureans enjoyed four days of cooking demonstrations, lavish meals and festivities with some of the world’s most famous chefs at the annual Cayman Cookout over the past week.

The most notable names included chef, author and television star Anthony Bourdain, chef and Emmy Award-winning television host Eric Ripert, Chef Jose Andres, named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2012, and other chefs who have won James Beard Awards, Michelin Stars and many of the cooking world’s top honors.

The Cayman Cookout, hosted by Food & Wine magazine, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, ran from Thursday evening through Sunday with three full days packed with food and wine.

Demonstrations ran the gambit from the “Taste of Texas” with chef and writer Dean Fearing, the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” to mixology, the art of mixing cocktails, with Charles Joly, and numerous wine tastings for the best wines from around the world.