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October 11, 2012updated Feb 11, 2013

Culinary Stars Gather at Cayman Cookout

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

New York, New York-Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Tickets are now available for the fifth annual Cayman Cookout, January 17-20, 2013, celebrating local, sustainable ingredients, approachable gastronomic techniques and Caymanian food culture. Brought to you by The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food & Wine magazine this unparalleled epicurean event will take place from January 17-20, 2013. Guests will experience more tastings, demonstrations, tours, and dinners than ever before in the luxurious and intimate elegance of The Cayman Islands.

Hosted by Chef Eric Ripert, creator of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman restaurant Blue, this year’s Cayman Cookout brings back Cookout veterans Anthony Bourdain and José Andrés while adding Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm, Paul Bartolotta, Manresa’s David Kinch, Top Chef Canada’s Dale MacKay, Spike Mendelsohn, and Spago’s Sherry Yard. Food & Wine wine experts Ray Isle and Anthony Giglio will provide a world-class wine and spirit know-how to the event.

Guests will experience four days of foodie and travel indulgence with the ultimate culinary experience. Guests can delight in freshly caught seafood prepared on the beach overlooking the crystal blue Caribbean waters; celebrate Grand Cayman’s outstanding dining options with chef collaborations; and glean knowledge from talks and demonstrations by culinary greats. Memorable events include a tell-all session with Chefs Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain, a Barefoot Barbecue where chefs and guests can get their ankles wet with water-located cooking stations, and a Caymanian beach party catered by the participating chefs. A detailed itinerary of events will be announced closer to the date.

“Cayman Cookout endures due to its exceptional presentation of the unique Caymanian culture, cuisine and lifestyle,” Premier McKeeva Bush says. “We hope that the warm, inviting atmosphere and outstanding fare continues to draw world-class chefs, sommeliers and visitors to The Cayman Islands.”

Shomari Scott, Director of Tourism for The Cayman Islands, says that The Cayman Islands’ idyllic beaches are the impeccable backdrop for a foodie’s retreat. “Not only does The Cayman Islands provide exquisite dining opportunities, the destination itself makes for a relaxing vacation punctuated with wholesome, delectable cuisine in paradise.”

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