Barefoot barbecues, caviar lunches and special culinary masterclasses – this January, world-class chefs are set to gather in Grand Cayman for a cookout with a seriously gourmet edge.
Taking place from January 16 to 20, 2019 will mark the 11th annual Cayman Cookout, which takes place annually at the luxe Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman hotel. The four-day bonanza will see a number of award-winning chefs, culinary influencers and spirit experts gather for endless feasts, masterclasses, events and more. Hosted by celebrity chef Eric Ripert, the enticing foodie agenda is the perfect way to ward off January blues in delicious fashion.
Guests can purchase tickets to a number of activities, including a Champagne pairing diving experience, gin mixology sessions, cook-offs, sailing dinners, cheese and beer masterclasses plus many more.
The talented lineup is set to feature the likes of José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse, Dominique Crenn and more. Here’s more about the star-studded attendees:
The dish on Eric Ripert
Widely known for his acclaimed New York restaurant Le Bernardin, Eric flew the nest at the tender age of 15 to attend culinary school. Two years later, he moved to Paris, where he worked at the legendary La Tour D’Argent and the Michelin three-starred Jamin, where he would return after completing his military service.
In 1989, Ripert moved to the States where he would hold positions at Jean Louis at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. Now, you’ll find him at the critically acclaimed Le Bernardin, where he is both the chef and co-owner.
The dish on José Andrés
Culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup – there’s not much that José Andrés hasn’t achieved.
The only chef globally that has both a two-star Michelin restaurant and four Bib Gourmands, Andrés holds a number of foodie achievements under his apron – he was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in both 2012 and 2018, as well as “Outstanding Chef” and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the James Beard Foundation.
Best known for his avant-garde cuisine, his innovative minibar by José Andrés earned two Michelin stars in 2016 and 2017.
The dish on Emeril Lagasse
Having recently opened his 13th restaurant in the US, Meril is no stranger to the limelight. He’s hosted more than 2,000 shows on the Food Network, and has penned a mere 19 cookbooks.
You may have spotted him on Bravo’s Top Chef (he’s been a guest judge for three seasons) and also continues to host Emeril’s Florida on the Cooking Channel.
The dish on Dominique Crenn
Championing sustainability and equality through her work, Dominique began her formal training upon moving to San Francisco in 1988 to work at Stars, after being heavily influenced by her foodie parents growing up. In 2011, Crenn opened Atelier Crenn where her “poetic culinaria” earned one Michelin Star in 2011, and it’s second the following year.
A culinary whirlwind, Crenn was awarded World’s Best Female Chef in 2016 by San Pellegrino’s 50 Best. In 2018, she also earned James Beard Foundation’s title of Best Chef: West.
When: January 16 to 20, 2019
Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
How: Click here to purchase tickets