If you’re looking for the culinary event of the year, look no further than the annual Cayman Cookout. Five days of incredible experiences, all set at the idyillic Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, creates an atmosphere unlike any other. For the 10th Anniversary, I had the opportunity in partnership with Ritz-Carlton to join the fun and see it first hand. I am so excited to return back and let you know this is an event you won’t want to miss. It’s an unforgettable chance to experience food and wine, hosted by Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernadin and Blue By Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Alongside him, chefs like José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse, and iconic Anthony Bourdain, leads you into a week-long culinary adventure.
What I loved most about the Cayman Cookout was the intimate experiences with food and these awarded chefs. With each event, the attendance is capped, giving you an opportunity to interact with each chef. It’s a rare opportunity to hear their story, learn from them, and eat incredible food in a beautiful destination. Each day there’s multiple events, sold with a certain amount of tickets (they go fast!), and you can choose which you want to attend. For example, the interactive experience with chef José Andrés cooking paella at the Beach Pavilion is one where you get to sit down and watch him go through the process of cooking his dish. All the while, the audience can ask questions, taste the food, and experience his talents in person.
Staying at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is the best choice for this week as the majority of the events (with the exception of a few off-site experiences) are held there. The hotel is beautiful, set right on Seven Mile Beach where there’s the bluest of waters and the softest of sands. With the events spread out across the hotel, each one has an incredible location — there’s nothing better than watching Chef Daniel Boulud of Daniel cook a few dishes with your toes in the sand. Be sure to book an ocean view room for an incredible stay. (Read the full Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman review here.)
There’s many highlights of the Cayman Cookout, each event unique and elegant in its own way. Here’s a few I loved:
Sunset Sail with Moet Chandon
One of the nights, we boarded a catamaran for a sunset sail. Sailing over the smooth waters with a glass of champagne in hand, taking in the sunset, couldn’t have been a better way to start the trip. This is a great experience to get out on the ocean and soak it all in.
Olé José by José Andrés
I will leave some element of surprise for those who want to go, but this event is a must. Chef José Andrés is a talented man and, with his energy and enthusiasm, you will be more than entertained during his event. As he prepared paella, we all sat in awe of his passion for cooking and people.
Around the World with Anthony Bourdain
A highlight event of the week, the opportunity to watch Anthony Bourdain go through different food stalls, trying the food and sharing his experience feels like you’re right on set of his show, No Reservations.
This was one of those wow moments during the trip — dining on the beach, with multiple stands from each chef, cheese tables, and more — then finishing the night with a live band dancing on the beach.
Excursion to Stingray City + Beach Bash at Rum Point
Another great experience on Grand Cayman that can’t be missed is swimming with the stingrays. Book this on the way to the Beach Bash where you’ll stop to swim with a guide and then head to the party. Another foodie heaven awaits, with multiple stands of delicious food and drinks provided for a perfect afternoon in the sun.
The Adventures of Eric and Tony
Listening to Chef Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain share their stories while sitting with a drink in hand was mesmerizing. You have an opportunity to listen, watch them cook, and ask questions.
Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch
One of the biggest events of the weekend is the champagne brunch. Chef finalists have an opportunity for a live cook-off judged by a panel of awarded chefs, all while you get to watch and enjoy a delicious brunch. It’s equally entertaining and good.
The Cayman Cookout is an interactive culinary event, created for guests to interact with chefs and food unlike anywhere else. It’s a celebration, a time to come together, all the while, set in one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Be sure to grab your tickets for the next annual Cayman Cookout. Head here to reserve your tickets.
*Bon Traveler was welcomed as a guest of Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman and Cayman Cookout. As always, all opinions are own.
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