Each year, some of the world’s most talented chefs, culinary influencers and wine and spirit experts descend upon Grand Cayman for a treasured celebration of food and wine.
Now in its 11th year, the Cayman Cookout, hosted by acclaimed chef Eric Ripert, offers an exciting agenda of extravagant tastings, demonstrations, tours and dinners and mixing and mingling with the who’s who in food and wine.
With multiple events happening daily, we’ve highlighted some of our favourites below. For a full line-up of events and highlights, visit www.ritzcarlton.com/en/cayman-cookout.
Emeril Lunch with Justin Wines | Location: Andiamo | Time: 11.30am-1.30pm | Price: CI$200
Celebrity chef, cookbook author, award-winning, television personality, and restaurateur are just a few ways to describe Emeril Lagasse, world-renowned chef. Returning again for Cayman Cookout, Emeril will be ‘kicking it up a notch’ in the kitchen. Lunch will feature delectable Justin Wines from Paso Robles.
World Class Take Over | Location: Silver Palm Lounge | Time: 9.30pm-11.45pm | No Ticket Purchase Required
Come and unwind at Silver Palm Lounge as some of World Class’ top bartenders shake and stir their creations behind the bar. Featuring Charles Joly and Kaitlyn Stewart, global World Class winners from the US and Canada, joined by Cayman World Class winners Amba Lamb, Fede Johnson and Diageo Reserve Ambassador Simon Crompton.
Metamorphosis of Taste with Dominque Crenn | Location: Beach Pavilion South | Time: 10am-11am | Price: $175
Experience “Poetic Culinaria” like you haven’t before, straight from the artist herself in this paradise setting. A French Chef established in San Francisco and recently named the only female chef in the United States with 3 Michelin Stars, Chef Crenn runs Atelier Crenn and Le Petit Crenn with her amazing team and brings forward a story through each of her delicate dishes.
Andrew Zimmern Explores the Flavours of Cayman | Location: The Great Lawn | Time: 11.30am-1.30pm | Price: $225
Chef Andrew Zimmern tastes and discusses the bizarre side of international and local flavors with Cayman’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs. Beverage offerings include a signature cocktail featuring Russian Standard Vodka, a selection of Bold Rock Hard Cider, a refreshing Rosé wine and of course Cayman’s very own Caybrew.
Barefoot BBQ presented by Certified Angus Beef and Moet & Chandon | Location: Royal Palms | Time: 7pm-10pm | Price: $375
Dine under the stars as Chefs Eric Ripert, José Andrés and various other local and internationally acclaimed Chefs harmonize sizzling grills on the beach with the breaking waves in true barefoot elegance. Hand-crafted cocktails, live music, and sweet creations by Chef Jean François Suteau will enchant into the evening.
The Late Night Show with Chefs Eric, Jose and Andrew | Location: Beach Pavilion North | Time: 3.45pm-4.45pm | Price: $225
Join Chefs Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, Emeril Lagasse and Andrew Zimmern as they engage in some light hearted kitchen banter and roast each other on the fun times had, and share delectable ingredients from the heart.
Bon Vivant Amateur Chef Competition Brunch with Supporting Sponsor Kirk Market | Location: The Cayman Islands Royal Ballroom | Time: 12pm-3pm
Endless Moët & Chandon Champagne and extravagant brunch selections enchant as Grand Cayman’s most ambitious amateur Chefs duel in a live cook-off in The Cayman Islands Ballroom. The winner will be determined by celebrity Chef Judges Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Andrew Zimmern, and Emeril Lagasse. Savory bites, sweet delights, flowing bubbles; there’s no better way to spend your Sunday afternoon.