Cayman Cookout

Each year the Cayman Islands hosts a blow out food and wine event: The Cayman Cookout. Dubbed the Caribbean’s premier culinary event, the best of the best, the who’s who gather annually to present the foodie world 26 chefs, 9 wine experts, star guests and sponsors with a luxurious and unforgettable experience. The four day excursion through delectable bliss is from January 17-20, 2013 and you can purchase a variety of packages and ala carte tickets available now on their site. Reserve your seat at the Wine Auction Dinner presented by Jacques Scott & Chefs of The Ritz-Carlton on Thursday, January 17 for a 100% charity auction. Choose from cooking demonstrations and wine tastings, and lunch by the seaside with grand chefs and sommeliers . From Cayman Cookout host Eric Ripert to celebrity food and travel writer Anthony Bourdain, you are in for the treat of a lifetime. If this sounds a little to haughty for your taste, there’s something for everyone. Perhaps you’d enjoy the Burgers in Paradise excursion which goes something like this…

The creator of Cayman Cookout invites you to the quintessential island burger bash with assistance at the grill from “Top Chef’s” own burger maestro. The morning begins with a catamaran sail across North Sound and stop to snorkel and swim at Eric’s favorite place on Cayman: Stingray City. Then on to Rum Point for satisfying burgers of every iteration along with shallow waters, reaching docks, shaded shores, swinging hammocks, candy-coloured picnic tables, sparkling wine, cold Heineken and, of course, rum, courtesy of Tortuga. Recommended attire: swimsuits, cover-ups and plenty of sunscreen.

Yet another famed event is the Cook-Off is open to non-professional chefs only. Right. No previous industry experience or you don’t qualify. These novice chefs compete in a  preliminary qualifying round, then a finalist round wherein two top chefs are chosen for the finale at the Cayman Cookout Bon Vivant Champagne Brunch on Sunday, 20 January, 2013 from Noon-3:00 p.m.

One of my favorite Cayman Cookout sponsors is Flava, first notable for the aesthetic appeal of their site, but additionally their overall content beckons, “take me there now!” It’s a terrific resource for any traveler and their online  magazine is nothing short of enticing and fun. I particularly enjoyed the latest (quarterly) issue providing culinary insight into the Multicultural Christmas. Interested in seasonal seafood? They’ll tell you all about it and provide a tasty recipe or two. The art of napkin folding? Sure, they’ll show you how. What a handy refresher on everything Cayman and how to bring a bit of the Caribbean home to your table. I look forward to the next episode. And let’s not forget the wine…

Among others, the Ritz Carlton is a long time host for the event sessions as well as discerning guests. Who doesn’t like the Ritz? I personally know a few who stayed at this particular location during their week long vacations and raved about the accommodations, citing it’s great for couples, families, and the solo traveler.

This year I’ll be there. Oh yes.

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