Could It Really Be Cayman Cookout Time Again?

Well… almost! Please see the freshly-pressed news release from the Cayman Islands below.  Tickets are now on-sale.  While I’ll miss grabbing another beer with David Chang, this year’s line-up brings back some of our favorites (cue the affable Mr. and Mrs. Bourdain, Gail Simmons, Jose Andres, and of course host Eric Ripert) and adds new ones (Rachel Allen, Susur Lee, and Charlie Trotter.)  With Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink Grand Cayman now fully up and running, it’s going to be better than ever — especially Saturday night’s dinner at the restaurant with Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena.  Ya think our Eric is excited about that one?!  Let us know if you plan to join, and please relive the above moment of island zen shot from our Ritz-Carlton hotel room balcony last year if you need help sealing the deal.

Cayman to Host the Caribbean’s Premiere Culinary Event in January 2011

GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS – October 19, 2010 – The third annual Cayman Cookout, to take place January 13 – 16, 2011 guarantees a unique weekend chock-full of tastings, small parties and an exquisite gala event sure to please the avid foodie and the curious family cook alike. Brought to you by the Department of Tourism (DoT), The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Food & Wine magazine, this epicurean weekend will once again be hosted by celebrity Chef Eric Ripert, creator of acclaimed restaurant, Blue.

Eric Ripert, together with culinary masters Anthony Bourdain, José Andrés, Rachel Allen, Susur Lee, Michael Schwartz, Charlie Trotter, Food & Wine magazine’s Gail Simmons and wine and spirits experts Ray Isle, Anthony Giglio, Denis Cakebread and Bo Barrett will take visitors on a delectable four-day journey all over Grand Cayman with demonstrations, tastings, and excursions. From dining under the stars along Seven Mile Beach to casual conversations and unparalleled cuisine prepared by some of the world’s top chefs in the most intimate of settings, Cayman Cookout is the event not to be missed.

“We’re excited to be partnering with The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Food & Wine magazine to bring Cayman Cookout for the third consecutive year,” said acting Director of Tourism, Mr. Shomari Scott. “Each year, we witness the four-day weekend grow with the addition of new events tantalizing the taste buds of even the most discerning of diners, and Cayman Cookout 2011 is sure to attract those truly passionate about great food.

Dean Max and Cindy Huston, our fellow Miamians with outposts on-island will be back again at the 2011 Cayman Cookout. Here they are with Michael last year at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman's poolside restaurant, Barjack.

“It’s no secret that great cuisine plays an important role in the history and culture of the Cayman Islands and, indeed, the Cayman Cookout allows DoT to deliver great days of mouth-watering indulgence amidst the serene beauty of paradise, and offers guests the chance to meet and mingle with top chefs and TV extraordinaires.”

Some of Cayman Cookout’s memorable events will include:
– A gourmet picnic at Starfish Point with charming host, Eric Ripert.
– Chef José Andrés cooking up a Spanish fiesta on Seven Mile Beach.
– A behind-the-scenes gossip session with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons and Top Chef finalist and Eric Ripert protégé Jennifer Carroll as she unpacks her knives to recreate her winning dish.
– A casual Caymanian cocktail party in a giant sandcastle.
– A candy-themed evening of opulent sweets, tantalizing pastries, and drinkable deserts.
– Anthony Bourdain taking over the kitchen at Periwinkle, Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
– Michael Schwartz hosting guests at his acclaimed restaurant, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink.
– An extraordinary Cayman Cookout Gala Dinner, the highlight of the weekend – a seven course meal prepared by Chefs Ripert, Allen, Andrés, Lee, Schwartz, and Trotter.
– A champagne brunch cook-off in search of the ultimate local chef.

“Cayman Cookout is only but a part of the exciting Culinary Month activities planned for January 2011,” Mr. Scott went on to say. “In addition, the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort will be preparing a feast for the eyes as well as the palate each night from January 7th to 9th with its Caribbean Food & Art Dinner where guests can expect to delight in local delicacies while enjoying the work of local artists.

“On January 22nd, guests can sail across the North Sound for a dinner and spirited rum drink mixing competition at Rum Point – a true taste of the Caribbean – and, of course, the Cayman Islands’ annual national food festival, Taste of Cayman, is scheduled to occur on January 29th.

“Cayman Cookout 2011 and the additional epicurean events scheduled throughout the month of January will offer locals and visitors alike a wide array of opportunities to absorb up close and delight in the extensive culinary offerings of Cayman’s cuisine.”

Additional events will be held throughout the weekend of Cayman Cookout, including a mid-afternoon tasting of South African All Stars wines; a mixology lesson with Anthony Giglio; dinner with Susur Lee; and more.

For more information about Cayman Cookout or to purchase your tickets, visit

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