Cayman Cookout 2016: Set to offer a feast for the senses

The annual gastronomic event, Cayman Cookout, takes center stage this month, with a slew of celebrity chefs, including Eric Ripert, José Andrés, and Anthony Bourdain, set to tantalize guest’s taste buds with a smorgasbord of mouthwatering events.

Now in its eighth year, the gastronomic festival features a host of culinary highlights, offering guests the chance to savor food prepared by some of the world’s most celebrated chefs, from demonstrations, tastings and wine events to sit-down dinners.

Celebrity chefs

The Cookout is hosted each year by chef Ripert of the acclaimed Le Bernadin restaurant, New York, and Blue by Eric Ripert, Grand Cayman, and is presented by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food and Wine magazine.

Chefs attending this year’s four-day festival include James Beard Foundation award-winning chef Tom Colicchio; creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and author of “The Texas Food Bible,” Dean Fearing; acclaimed pastry chef Hubert Keller; award-winning chef and restaurateur Michael Mina; and famed mixologist Charles Joly, to name just a few.

These world-renowned chefs will join forces with a selection of Cayman’s top culinary experts to offer guests a decadent food-filled event, further cementing Cayman’s reputation as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

New to Cayman Cookout

New items added to this year’s roster include the “The Sound of Krug,” on Friday, Jan. 15,  which offers an opportunity for guests to sample some of the rarest Champagnes. The tasting of each of these rare vintages will be paired with the sound of a specific instrument to further enhance the experience. There is also the highly anticipated “Rum and Robusto” Cuban-themed afternoon at the Harbour Club, which will feature fine cigars, rum cocktails, and live music poolside, on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Signature events

Popular signature events are once again set to delight guests, including The Rundown with Anthony Bourdain, Friday Jan. 15; the Barefoot BBQ Presented by Certified Angus Beach, also on Friday, Jan. 15; the Adventures of Eric and Tony, Saturday, Jan 16; and the Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch Cook-Off, on Sunday, Jan. 17, which will see Cayman’s best amateur chefs battle it out on stage in front of a celebrity panel of judges.

Vanessa Polack, marketing manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, says that as one of the culinary  world’s most esteemed and interactive events, the Cayman Cookout is a must attend event for foodies.

“Cayman Cookout is known for creating experiences that bring together both guests and incredible talent,” Polack says. “[The event] welcomes an elite roster of talented chefs, wine and spirit experts, and culinary notables to the Cayman Islands for an exclusive weekend of culinary demonstrations, tastings, unique pairings and once-in-a-lifetime epicurean experiences. In addition, the annual event is set amidst the island’s magnificent Seven Mile Beach.”

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