January is fast becoming a month for foodies in Cayman, and Cayman Cookout is a big reason for the season. Every year, fans of culinary delights and fine wines fly in to rub shoulders with some of the biggest celebrity names in the dining industry.
Anyone who has attended Cookout in the past will be familiar with many of the events on the schedule, and the fact that the three amigos – Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain and Jose Andres – are always “on the menu,” delights their hordes of fans. However, there are some exciting new additions to this year’s calendar, and another big piece of news is Emeril Lagasse’s confirmation that he will be here too. “BAM” is what we’ve got to say about that!
We can’t cover every event, so here is a sample of what’s in store.
Thursday, Jan. 12
Ultimate Wine Fair & Auction presented by Jacques Scott & Chefs of The Ritz-Carlton
Location: Cayman Islands Ballroom
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$125
During this celebration of wine making, discover an unrivaled collection of wines and culinary selections from Jacques Scott and the many chefs of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Maîtres Cuisiniers de France. Featuring exclusive culinary, wine and travel experiences, proceeds from the evening’s silent and live auction will benefit The Cayman Islands Cancer Society and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Culinary Arts Scholarship.
Friday, Jan. 13
Essential BAM!!! with Emeril Lagasse
Location: Le Creuset Beach Pavilion
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Ticket Price: US$165
Chef Emeril promises a cooking demonstration showcasing his passion in the mastery of Creole and Cajun cuisine in his own “New Orleans” style. Watch Emeril’s passion for food “Kicking it up a Notch” at this year’s Cayman Cookout.
Around The World With Anthony Bourdain presented by Slow Food South Sound
Location: The Great Lawn
Time: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$180
Join Anthony Bourdain, world-renowned chef, bestselling author and Emmy-winning television personality live at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Chef Bourdain tastes and discusses international and local flavors with Cayman’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs.
Mixologist to the Stars with Charles Joly
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$75
One of the leading experts on mixology walks you through the intricate art of preparing the finest cocktails in the world. Charles Joly has led one of the most innovative and awarded programs at three Michelin-starred, Alinea, and now travels the world promoting his own line of cocktail ware, bottled batched cocktails and star-mixing at events such as the Oscars. Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Ron Abuelo 12 Años.
Barefoot BBQ at Royal Palms presented by Certified Angus Beef and Moët & Chandon
Location: Royal Palms
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$345
Dine under the stars as Chefs Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, and many acclaimed local chefs harmonize sizzling grills on the beach with the breaking waves in true barefoot elegance. Hand-crafted cocktails, live music, and sweet creations from Chef Christina Tosi will enchant into the evening. Presented by Certified Angus Beef® and Moët & Chandon. Featuring Avión Tequila.
The Beach Bash presented by Progressive Distributors Ltd. & Moët Ice
Location: Rum Point
Shuttles depart The Ritz-Carlton: 10:15 a.m.
Event times: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$385 with boat or US$295 without boat
Paired with Moët Ice Impérial, set sail on board a catamaran crossing the turquoise North Sound to Stingray City, Chef Eric Ripert’s favorite destination to swim, snorkel and revel in a distinctly Caymanian experience. Rum Point awaits; enticing participants with its shaded shores, colorful picnic tables, and soft-swaying hammocks. Presented by Progressive Distributors Ltd. and Moët Ice Impérial. Also featuring Avión Tequila.
The Art of BBQ by Niman Ranch, Certified Angus Beef and Kamado Joe Grill
Event Type: Dinner in Seven Restaurant
Location: Seven Restaurant Terrace
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$225
Tony Biggs, Corporate Chef of Certified Angus Beef, together with Tyson Grant from Niman Ranch and Chef Jennifer Dodd from Seven Restaurant, will be hosting a BBQ dinner that celebrates U.S. prime meats paired with wines from the legendary Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. Indulge in the scents and flavors while the Chefs grill using the ultimate Charcoal BBQ “The Kamado Joe Grill. “This evening will prove to be a meat lover’s experience not to be forgotten!
Bon Vivant Amateur Chef Competition Brunch with Supporting Sponsor Kirk Market
Time: Noon-3 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$275
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 amateur chef finalists will face-off during Sunday brunch and the winner will be determined by four celebrity chef judges: Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés and Emeril Lagasse. Savory bites, sweet delights, flowing bubbles, mixing and mingling with the who’s who in food and wine; it’s a wonderful way to spend your Sunday afternoon!
Rum and Robusto
Location: Harbour Club
Time: 3-5:30 p.m.
Ticket Price: US$75
After brunch, what better way to discover the spirit of the Caribbean than tasting rum? From locally-produced to world-renowned, indulge your senses with “la vida Cubano” while enjoying cigars and coffee with live music by Son Cubano at the Harbour Club. Bask in the beautiful Caribbean sun and sip on cocktails inspired by the islands’ vibrant colors and flavors as you toast to the good life in Cayman. Featuring some of the best Rum in the world Ron Abuelo, Diplomatico Mantuano and Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, Ron Zacapa and Havana Club.
For more details and tickets, see www.caymancookout.com.