The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is thrilled to unveil the highly anticipated lineup of events for the 15th Anniversary of Cayman Cookout. This extraordinary culinary extravaganza, hosted by renowned Chef Eric Ripert, promises an unforgettable experience in the breathtaking setting of Grand Cayman.
Taking place from January 9-15, 2024, Cayman Cookout will feature a series of ultra-exclusive breakout events with this year’s all-star roster of culinary talents and long-time participating chefs including José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse, Andrew Zimmern, Kristen Kish, Kwame Onwuachi, Angie Mar, Enrique Olivera, James Kent, Aldo Sohm and mixologist Charles Joly, in celebration of this milestone anniversary. Guests can look forward to an incredible lineup of experiences, including:
- Taming the Lionfish with Chef José Andrés: Chef José Andrés brings guests on an exhilarating expedition to cull lionfish. The exclusive group of attendees will dive into clear waters with an underwater mission: to control the invasive lionfish. The event offers an inspiring adventure, infused with Chef José Andrés’ unique style.
- License to Thrill: A Culinary Journey to GoldenEye with Chef Eric Ripert and Craggy Range. The exclusive private jet tour alongside Chef Eric Ripert, travels to Jamaica’s GoldenEye resort. Culinary enthusiasts will soar over stunning Caribbean landscapes, building anticipation for an exploration of the retreat that inspired James Bond 007: A License to Thrill. Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a carefully crafted lunch with local ingredients and perfectly matched Craggy Range wines.
- A Sparkling Pickleball Soirée presented by Whispering Angel Whispering Angel Rosé elevates Pickleball to new levels with an exquisite fusion of sport and indulgence at this unique experience. Guests will engage in spirited matches of pickleball at The Courts Tennis Center, where the thrill of competition meets the camaraderie of social play.
- Flavor & Flair: A Glimpse of Les Trois Chevaux with Chef Angie Mar. Bringing a taste of her renowned New York City based restaurant, Le Trois Chevaux, Chef Angie Mar combines her passion for French cuisine with her Chinese heritage to present a unique and exceptional lunch experience at Cayman Cookout 2024.
- Mastering Cabernet Sauvignon: A Vintage Experience from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley. The immersive beverage demo presents an in-depth exploration of the diversity of prime vineyards, blocks and clones that make these wines truly world class.
- Treasures of Truffle: Unearthing the Flavors of the Sea with Chef Thomas Seifried and Sabatino Tartufi. Chef Thomas Seifried, the visionary Chef de Cuisine at Blue by Eric Ripert, masterfully reimagines his most distinctive dishes, presenting a meticulously curated menu to showcase the exquisite offerings of Sabatino Tartufi, globally renowned purveyors of truffles.
- Sizzling Storytelling: Paella Demo with Chef José Andrés. A delightful medley of flavorful paella, enchanting stories and a thrilling surprise entrance describe one of the most anticipated events at Cayman Cookout. Chef Andrés unveils the artistry of his paella, infused with the essence of his cherished Spain and passionate storytelling.
- A Culinary Journey Through Mexican Heritage by Chef Enrique Olvera: Renowned for his restaurant Pujol on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, Chef Olvera masterfully celebrates Mexico’s culinary heritage, infusing each artfully presented dish with the profound richness of Mexico’s gastronomic essence, promising an unforgettable dining journey.
- Oregon v. Burgundy by Lingua Franca: Lingua Franca wines invite guests to discover the history and flavors behind one of the world’s most renowned wineries. Inspired by an extraordinary vineyard site in the Eola-Amity Hills of the Willamette Valley, its name represents a fine tradition of universal language, bringing people of different backgrounds to common ground – shared conversation, shared enjoyment.
- Sommelier Standoff presented by Jacques Scott: A unique standoff among the world’s finest wine experts, competing in teams of two where attendees will be the judges. Featuring Le Bernardin’s Sommelier Aldo Sohm and Monica Dubar from The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman paired with a multi-course dinner.
- Kristen Kish Cooking: A Culinary Demo with Chef Kristen Kish. Top Chef Host and Chef Kristen Kish presents a delectable culinary demo, featuring tales and creations influenced by French and Italian traditions, as well as Chef Kish’s nostalgia for meals from her Midwest upbringing.
- Hendricks & Croquet: A delightful afternoon of leisure and sport featuring Hendrick’s Gin and a lively croquet match. Botanical delights highlight the art of distillation by Hendrick’s as guests strategize their next move on the Great Lawn in an ambiance of timeless sophistication and camaraderie.
- Sweet Creations with Master Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour: Sunday begins with a delightful touch, guided by the expertise of the globally acclaimed baking and pastry trailblazer, Chef Antonio Bachour.
- Ripert and Petanque: Chef Eric Ripert and friends host an exhilarating game of Petanque. Guests engage in a spirited match brimming with energy, all while relishing the company of fellow enthusiasts, paired with delectable bites and refreshing rosé.
- Crystal Anniversary Gala Dinner: An unparalleled gathering of culinary luminaries, the Headlining Talent of Cayman Cookout presents a multi-course experience, hosted at Blue by Eric Ripert. The dinner unfolds as a carefully choreographed culinary journey that transcends ordinary dining experiences, featuring dishes by chefs Kristen Kish, Thomas Seifried, Enrique Olvera and more.
In addition to these remarkable events, the Cayman Cookout lineup will feature cooking demonstrations, rare wine and spirits tastings, poolside parties, and legacy events such as the Barefoot BBQ and Rum & Robusto. The Grand Finale Dinner, hosted at Blue by Eric Ripert, will showcase the culinary masterpieces of the headlining talent, combining impeccable technique, artful presentation, daring flavor combinations, and exquisite wine pairings for a dining experience that astonishes and delights.
“We are excited to announce this exclusive lineup of events for the 15th Anniversary of Cayman Cookout,” said Marc Langevin, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. “Cayman Cookout brings together culinary talents from around the world and showcases the incredible talent within our resort. This year’s celebration promises to deliver unforgettable experiences and unforgettable flavors.”
To enhance the celebration, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is offering an exclusive room package for guests to indulge in the full Cayman Cookout experience. The package includes a five-night stay with rates starting at $2,899 per night. Guests will enjoy a delightful breakfast buffet for two at Seven restaurant each day and have access to a captivating itinerary featuring the festival’s signature events such as Discover Cayman.
For those seeking personalized experiences, standalone tickets will be available starting October 15, 2023, allowing attendees to design their own à-la-carte itinerary.
“We invite guests to join us in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Cayman Cookout with our exclusive room package,” said Marc Langevin. “Immerse yourself in world-class culinary experiences and the stunning beauty of Grand Cayman. With the addition of remarkable breakout sessions lead by extraordinary chefs and the Studio54-themed soirée, this year’s celebration promises to be truly unforgettable.”
Individual ticket sales for Cayman Cookout 2024 are available for purchase on the festival’s website. For further information and bookings, please visit https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/caribbean/grand-cayman