Start your New Year’s resolution diet and exercise regime now: The 2013 Cayman Cookout is just three months away.
Tickets for Cayman Cookout events went on sale online on 1 October and they are being snapped up at a brisk pace, with one event already sold out.
“Sales are already very good,” said Nancy Harrison, marketing coordinator for The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
This year’s event – the fifth annual Cayman Cookout – takes place from Thursday, 17 January, through Sunday, 20 January, with 34 different events featuring wine, food and fun planned. Most events will happen at various venues at The Ritz-Carlton, but some events will take place at other restaurants on Grand Cayman including three at Camana Bay, Luca and Brasserie.
In addition, Royal Palms will host the Friday night Barefoot BBQ this year and a new event – Burgers in Paradise – will take place at Rum Point on Saturday morning and afternoon, with guests stopping for a snorkel or swim at Stingray City on the way to a beach picnic that features gourmet burgers.
Many of the cooking demonstrations will take place in pavilions set up on the Ritz-Carlton beach, while others will take place in the hotel’s ballroom, lawn or restaurants.
As has been the case in past years, the cast of celebrity guests for the 2013 event includes the triumvirate of Eric Ripert – the event host – José Andrés and Anthony Bourdain. These culinary world stars will be joined by other celebrity chefs including Chef Daniel Humm of Manhattan’s three-star Michelin restaurant Eleven Madison Park; California cuisine guru Chef David Kinch, GQ Magazine’s 2011 Chef of the Year and proprietor/chef of the Michelin two-star restaurant Manresa in California; James Beard Award winning Chef Paul Bartolotta, whose US Midwest restaurants are known for their Italian seafood dishes; Canada-born American Chef Spike Mendelsohn, who has appeared on multiple Top Chef and Iron Chef competitions; and Top Chef Canada winner and Gordon Ramsay protégé Dale MacKay.
In addition, Food & Wine Magazine’s Ray Isle and wine expert Anthony Giglio will return to host tasting events, which will include winery representatives from Far Niente, Chateau Haut-Brion, Landmark Vineyards, Justin Winery, Tuck Beckstoffer Wines and Taittinger.
The Cookout will begin once again with the charity Wine Auction Dinner presented by Jacques Scott that will feature top chefs from various Ritz-Carlton hotels. This year, guests will have the opportunity – for a price premium that goes to charity – to sit at a table with one of the Cookout’s celebrity chefs.
On Saturday night, the action will move to Camana Bay, where Abacus, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink and Ortanique will all host dinners as part of the Ultimate Dinner Party event.
This year’s Cookout will also feature the Bon Vivant Taittinger Champagne and Cook-Off Brunch, which will crown Cayman’s top amateur chef from a culinary competition that begins in December.
As usual, the Cookout will close with the Sunday night Gala Dinner, a seven-course meal in which all the visiting celebrity chefs prepare one course.
This year, tickets will only be available online at www.caymancookoutevent.com. Four different ticket packages are available, starting from US$899.