This major culinary event is a great way to avoid the post-festive season blues.

Cayman Cookout, held at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman from Jan. 17 to 20, sweeps away those feelings with a very big ladle.

Chef Eric Ripert of both Le Bernadin in New York and Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, is headlining and hosting the festival. He is joined by Chef José Andrés, who is nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, Haiti, California and elsewhere in the world.

Also in the line-up is Chef Emeril Lagasse and, new to the roster, Chef Andrew Zimmern, host of the television series “Bizarre Foods.” Chefs Dominique Crenn, Amanda Cohen, Emma Bengtsson and Nancy Silverton round out the group of culinary experts with impressive credentials.

Photos: Rebecca Davidson