Hosted by Eric Ripert

Find the events to suit your appetite. From wine tastings to culinary demonstrations or gala dinners, Cayman Cookout provides foodies with four days of over-the-top experiences.

Peruse the three special packages and schedules for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fully included with any ticket purchase is a 1 year subscription to FOOD & WINE® magazine. Offer valid for new U.S. subscribers only. See details at checkout. 

All prices are in US Dollars.

If you have any event-related questions, please call 345-943-COOK (2665). Kindly note that this phone number is strictly for informational purposes only--tickets may not be purchased over the phone. Tickets can only be purchased online.

Sous Chef - US$849


Five (5) Culinary Demonstrations or Beverage Tasting Selections

Friday, January 17
7:00pm Barefoot BBQ

Plus a 1 year of FOOD & WINE® magazine. See details at checkout.

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Executive Chef - US$1,379

Five (5) Culinary Demonstrations or Beverage Tasting Selections

Friday, January 17
7:00pm Barefoot BBQ

Saturday, January 18
6:00pm A Dinner Party at Camana Bay

Sunday, January 19
12:00pm Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch Cook-Off
3:00pm Artisan Market

Plus a 1 year of FOOD & WINE® magazine. See details at checkout.

Master Chef - $1,839

Enjoy a Choice of Five (5) Culinary Demonstrations or Beverage Tasting Selections, plus:

Friday, January 17
Lunch Event Selection
7:00pm Barefoot BBQ

Saturday, January 18
9:00am-1:30pm Burgers in Paradise with Eric Ripert
7:00pm A Dinner Party at Camana Bay

Sunday, January 19
12:00pm Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch Cook-Off
3:00pm Artisan Market

Plus a 1 year of FOOD & WINE® magazine. See details at checkout.

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7:00PM - 9:30PM

Wine Fair & Auction Presented by Jacques Scott and the Chefs of The Ritz-Carlton | Benefitting Cayman Hospice Care and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Culinary Arts Scholarship.

Location: Cayman Islands Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman 
Cost: US$140

A celebration to feed body and spirit. Wine connoisseurs amble amongst an assemblage of wine showcases, while foodies flock to sample culinary delights courtesy of the chefs of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Tasting notes evolve into Jazz notes as Billboard Top Ten artist, Nicole Henry, beguiles with her soulful vocal groove. Proceeds from a silent auction of enriching wine, culinary and travel experiences benefit The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Culinary Arts Scholarship and Cayman HospiceCare, which is committed to providing comfort to its patients and their families and friends.

Jacques Scott wines to be showcased:

Maison Louis Latour
Macon-Villages Chameroy (2011), Montagny 1er Cru, La Grande Roche (2011), Ardeche Chardonnay (2011), Aloxe Corton (2007)

Marchesi Antinori
Peppoli Chianti Classico (2010), Villa Antinori Rosso (2009), Vina Nobile di Montepulciano (2009), Il Bruciato (2011), Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio (2012)

Also…
Bollinger Special Cuvée N/V
Rombauer Napa Chardonnay 2011 (Carneros)
Frank Family Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010
Cuvaison Pinot Noir 2009 (Carneros)

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10:00AM - 11:00AM

Vintage Champagne Presented by The House of Lanson

Event Type: Reserve Tasting
Location: Private Dining Room at Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$225

Vintage Champagne Presented by The House of Lanson The Lanson style is the fruit born of an exceptional heritage and an exclusive craftsmanship passed down for over 250 years. Fruitiness, power, and freshness are the three principal cornerstones defining the style. Explore the House of Lanson with a vertical tasting showcasing the following vintages developed in the original style of Champagne since 1760:
  • 2002 Gold Label
  • 1999 Lanson
  • 1988 Lanson
  • 1976 Lanson

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Olé José!  -  SOLD OUT EVENT

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Jackson Family Wines North Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$129 - Event is sold out


“People of the world!” gather beachfront as José Andrés captivates with his dynamic personality, fervour, and perhaps grand entrance? His signature paella sets the stage for a passionate story telling of culture through food.

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11:30AM - 1:30PM

The Rundown with Anthony Bourdain

Event Type: Lunch
Location: The Great Lawn at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$139

Anthony Bourdain is a trailblazer in educating about different cuisines and cultures around the world, as well as an outspoken commentator on social trends. What will he have to say as he explores some of Cayman’s culinary traditions including classic conch chowder, Cayman-style Jerk, Rundown, and more? Featuring Tortuga Rum Cakes, Caybrew, and Seven Fathoms Rum.

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From the Heart of Italy with Lidia Bastianich  -  SOLD OUT EVENT

Event Type: Lunch
Location: Periwinkle at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$179 - Event is sold out

Lidia Bastianich is one of the most-loved chefs on television, an Emmy Award winner, a best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites guests to experience at this alfresco lunch.

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Mr. Chocolate meets Mr. Garden-to-Table

Event Type: Lunch
Location: The Brasserie
Cost: US$179
Transportation provided.

Jacques Torres is committed to creating fresh, authentic, and handmade artisan chocolates for all to experience and enjoy. Dean Max steadfastly sources local and seasonal ingredients and creates menus that embrace a dedication to simplicity, freshness, and intensity of flavour. Together, these culinary innovators unite for an unforgettable lunch with a sure-fire sweet ending.

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An Afternoon at Blue

Event Type: Tour, Demonstration, and Lunch
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$259

So how does Blue by Eric Ripert maintain its status as the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant and earn its nickname of "Le Bernardin at the Beach?" Blue’s Chef de Cuisine shows how Eric Ripert's philosophy of fish as the star of the plate is brought to life using seafood from Cayman's 4th generation fisherman and produce from the island's farmers. Wines from one of the most acclaimed viticultural areas of the Napa Valley, Blankiet Estate, perfectly complements Blue's delicate flavours and artful presentation.

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2:00PM - 3:00PM

DANIEL: My French Cuisine... on Seven Mile Beach  -  SOLD OUT EVENT

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Transatlantic South Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$129 - Event is sold out

Daniel Boulud is world-famous for the French-American cuisine at his restaurants in New York, Miami, Palm Beach, London, Singapore, Beijing, Montreal, and Toronto. This 3-Michelin star chef’s latest cookbook, DANIEL: My French Cuisine, is an homage to the 20th anniversary this year of his New York flagship. Boulud shares dishes perfect for the Caribbean setting, Conch Ceviche with blood orange sauce and Poached Shrimp with summer melons and lemon balm.

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The Wild Chef: Martin Picard

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Jackson Family Wines North Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$59

His name is synonymous with foie gras. His Montreal restaurants are believed to sell the most foie gras of any North American dining establishment. Martin Picard brings his celebrated haute-rustic gastronomy from Canada to Cayman and serves…what else? Foie Gras.

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Beach Wines

Event Type: Wine Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Event Type: US$59

Sometimes a fruity umbrella drink just doesn’t cut it. We feel your pain. Executive Wine Editor at FOOD & WINE, Ray Isle, shares his picks on crisp, refreshing wines that will knock your flip-flops off.

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3:30PM - 4:30PM

Napa Notes: Lokoya & Cardinale  -  SOLD OUT EVENT

Event Type: Reserve Tasting
Location: Private Dining Room at Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost:US$325 - Event is sold out

Napa Notes: Lokoya & Cardinale Rich, ripe, and intense. Experience a range of exclusive cabernets celebrated as some of the top wines being made in California today from Napa Valley’s most recognized appellations. The mountain wines of Lokoya and Cardinal combine power with elegance. Explore a horizontal tasting of ’07 Lokoya and a vertical tasting of Cardinale, ’06-’09.

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I ♥ New York with Daniel Humm

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Transatlantic South Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$129

Three Michelin-starred chef, Daniel Humm, underscores his love for The Big Apple (or shall we say Tomato?) with his twist on the iconically New York “Bloody Mary” and classic “Warm Bread Salad with Tomatoes”.

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Fiesta Flavours with Rick Bayless

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Jackson Family Wines North Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$129

Clutching his kitchen essentials–knife, cutting board, and sombrero, Rick Bayless shows us exactly how he became a Top Chef Master beating out the French and Italian with his authentic Mexican cuisine. His take on ceviche and seafood cocktails transport to the vibrant streets of Mexico.

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3:30PM - 5:00PM

Amarone - The Nuts & Bolts Presented by Masi

Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$129

Luc Desroches, Commercial Director of Masi Winery, uncovers just what goes into a bottle of Amarone. Learn what sets it apart from other red wines, the indigenous grapes used to make it, and the process behind creating these renowned wines. Taste 12 different wines, including a number of which are not produced for commercial sale, including the Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara wines bottled as single varietals in two different formats as well as four of the finished, blended wines that have influenced Masi’s success.

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7:00PM - 10:00PM

Barefoot BBQ Presented by Certified Angus Beef®

Event Type: Dinner
Location: Royal Palms
Cost: US$299
Transportation provided.

A backyard BBQ adopts new meaning under the stars on Seven Mile Beach where shorts or rolled up trousers are de rigueur. Eric Ripert, José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain grill in the water at a literal Caribbean Sea cookout, while Jacques Torres’ treats taste even sweeter with your toes in the sand. Garnish the evening with cocktails made from the ultra-premium tequilas of Patrón.

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9:00PM - 2:30AM

Friday Night Session


Event Type: After Party
Location: Cayman Cabana
Cost: US$30

Lively Cookout revelry lingers into the evening hours at Cayman Cabana located on the waterfront of historic George Town. Dance ocean-side while Cayman’s top DJs fill the night sky with Caribbean-Fusion beats and a live Steel Pan performance infuses an authentically island vibe. Experience authentic Caymanian hospitality, art, music, and fashion of courtesy One Tree Four Five Collection. Entry ticket includes one welcome beverage.

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Saturday, January 18

11:30AM - 1:30PM

Burgers in Paradise with Eric Ripert  

EVENT CHANGE: Due to unpredictable weather conditions, please note Burgers in Paradise event with Eric Ripert will now be held along Seven Mile Beach, from 11:30AM-1:30PM at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.


Event Type: Lunch
Location: Rum Point NEW LOCATION Seven Mile Beach, at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$329

The creator of Cayman Cookout invites you to the quintessential island burger bash. Begin the morning with a catamaran sail across North Sound and stop to snorkel and swim at Eric’s favourite place on Cayman: Stingray City. Then onto Rum Point for satisfying burgers of every iteration, along with shallow waters, reaching docks, shaded shores, and candy-coloured picnic tables. Swing from your hammock sipping the ultra-premium tequila cocktails courtesy of Patrón, or the refreshing wines courtesy of Fantinel, and have one of the world’s master mixologists, Tony Abou-Ganim, craft an original libation.
Recommended attire: Swimsuits, cover-ups and plenty of sunscreen.

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Masi: Argentinean Soul, Italian Style

Event Type: Lunch 
Location: Luca at The Caribbean Club
Cost: US$189

Luc Desroches, Commercial Director of Masi Winery, and Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor at FOOD & WINE, discuss Amarone–past, present, and future. Luca’s own Chef Federico showcases his contemporary Italian cuisine at this beachfront restaurant.

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An Afternoon at Blue

Event Type: Tour, Demonstration and Lunch
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$259

So how does Blue by Eric Ripert maintain its status as the Caribbean’s only AAA Five Diamond restaurant and earn its nickname of "Le Bernardin at the Beach?" Blue’s Chef de Cuisine shows how Eric Ripert's philosophy of fish as the star of the plate is brought to life using seafood from Cayman's 4th generation fisherman and produce from the island's farmers. Wines from one of the last remaining family owned and operated winery groups in the world, Jackson Family Wines, perfectly complement Blue's delicate flavors and artful presentation.

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2:00PM - 3:00PM

Lidia’s Italy: From Cutting Board to Kitchen Table

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Transatlantic South Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$129

The First Lady of Italian cuisine imparts her culinary commonsense as she prepares Garbanzo Bean Flour Tagliatelle and Steamed Swordfish. Complete with Sgropin - a sublime blend of prosecco, grappa, and lemon sorbet suggesting that the daiquiri may in fact have been invented on the Adriatic.

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Mr. Chocolate: Jacques Torres

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Jackson Family Wines North Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$129

James Beard Foundation Award winner Jacques Torres knows a thing or two about chocolate. At his beloved chocolate shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan this master chocolatier turns out handcrafted sweet creations featuring classic ingredients as well as some unexpected surprises. On Seven Mile Beach he illustrates the sweet and savoury sides of chocolate.

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Hand-Crafted Champagnes

Event Type: Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$129

Grower Champagne is a secret no more with a devoted following among serious wine lovers. These boutique bubbles are for people looking for something different, something determined by terroir. We look for it in cheese, in coffee, in chocolate. Why not champagne?

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3:30PM - 4:30PM

Bordeaux Style, Napa Grown: Blankiet Estate Vertical

Event Type: Reserve Tasting
Location: Private Dining Room at Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$325

The Blankiet Estate was created in 1996 with the single vision of producing wines in the tradition of the great Bordeaux First Growth. Robert Parker validated the potential of Blankiet’s terroir stating that the wines produced “combines the extraordinary power of the site with unbelievable elegance and definition.” Experience a vertical tasting of the following vintages: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.

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The Adventures of Eric & Tony

Event Type: Talk
Location: Jackson Family Wines North Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$129

It’s no secret that despite two very different careers and two very different philosophies, Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain are very good friends. The pair have toured the world on multiple speaking tours, filmed segments for Bourdain’s various travel programs, and in between international jaunts unveiled a chocolate bar using the rarest and finest cacao beans grown today. There’s gotta be some stories behind all this. Sit back and listen as they candidly trade opinions, talk shop, and indulge in a rant (or two) at this beach chat.

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Island-Style with Dean Max

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Transatlantic South Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$59

When your restaurant has its own boat called Brasserie Catch, it’s a sure bet that the fish will be just as fresh as the produce from your own thriving garden. The mastermind behind the Cayman’s secret pleasure, The Brasserie, shares his insights as the island’s sustainable cooking innovator.

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Modern Mixology at Home with Tony Abou-Ganim

Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$79

From shaking to stirring, muddling to blending, bartending legend Tony Abou-Ganim shares what you need to stock your home bar, tools of the trade and how to use them, and all the secrets behind mixing great drinks at home. Be it a classic a Margarita, or one of his originals, he'll show you how easy it is to craft these wonderful libations.

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7:00PM

A Dinner Party at Camana Bay
Event Type: Reception, Cooking Demonstration, & Dinner
Location: Camana Bay
Cost: US$299
Transportation provided.
 
Camana Bay invites you to dine around the town at the ultimate Cayman Cookout dinner party. Start with champagne, cocktails, canapés and a cooking demonstration featuring a fish whose venomous mystique is matched by larger than life host José Andrés. Afterwards embark on your own culinary adventure as Cayman Cookout headline chefs pair with Camana Bay’s signature restaurants, bringing their own distinct styles to Cayman’s thriving restaurant district.
 
COCKTAILS AND DEMONSTRATION:  TAMING THE LIONFISH
Cheers to the cullers! Camana Bay celebrates the success of the divers, fisherman, scientists, grocers and chefs who have banded together to protect Cayman’s reefs from the ravenous red lionfish. Join avid Cayman diver José Andrés and the team from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, first responders to the lionfish invasion, to talk technique and taste for culling, cleaning and cooking these frilly yet ferocious predators.
 
 
DINNER AT YOUR RESTAURANT OF CHOICE
 
Taming the Lionfish at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink
Lionfish and beef and pork, oh my. Chef Michael Schwartz presents that bully of the ecosystem and other house specialties in MFGD’s simple, pure style while honoured guests José Andrés entertains with more lionfish lore.
 
Abacus with Martin Picard
Quebec’s “wild chef” Martin Picard join’s Cayman’s most irrepressible restaurant duo who matches his enthusiasm for all that is decadent, delicious and pleasurable.
 
Mizu with Daniel Boulud
Having infused the soul of French cuisine into his latest restaurants in Beijing and Hong Kong, Daniel Boulud joins forces with the culinary craftsmen behind the island’s authentic regional Asian fare.
 
Ortanique with Rick Bayless
When Rick Bayless’ traditional Mexican artistry meets Chef Cindy Hutson’s beloved Cuisine of the Sun, guests are assured an evening that is bold, fresh, flavourful and fun.


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10:00AM - 11:00AM

Cheese, Please!

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$59

For many of us, cheese isn’t just an indulgence… it’s a way of life! Learn from passionate cheesemongers while sampling some exceptional cheeses courtesy of Gourmet Foods International.

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Sake 101

Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Transatlantic South Beach Pavilion
Cost: US$59

Taste this incredible, yet often misunderstood, premium beverage while learning the origin and history of sake, its production techniques, how the different styles vary from one to the other, and how and when to drink it.

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12:00PM - 3:00PM

Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch Cook-Off

Location: Cayman Islands Ballroom at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$195

The annual competition for Cayman’s own amateur Top Chef. The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s Executive Chef, Frederic Morineau, and Bon Vivant’s own Cynthia Hew, host the knife-wielding victors of a series of preliminary competitions. Their Caribbean-influenced dishes are judged by Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, and José Andrés. Who will win Cayman’s culinary crown?

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3:00PM - 5:00PM

Artisan Market

Event Type: Tasting Pavilion
Location: North Sound Pool at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$45

While away the afternoon around the pool sampling wine, cocktails, culinary delights, and tastes of Cayman. It’s also an opportunity to meet the authors behind your favourite cookbooks and have them signed.

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7:00PM

Cayman Cookout Gala Dinner  -  SOLD OUT EVENT

Event Type: Dinner
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Cost: US$700 - Event is sold out

Eric Ripert invites Chefs Andrés, Bastianich, Bayless, Boulud, Humm, Picard, and Torres into his restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman for a once-in-a-lifetime dinner prepared by some of the most visionary and innovative chefs cooking today.

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