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OLÉJOSÉ BY CHEF JOSÉ ANDRÉS

Chef José Andrés pairs spirited storytelling with his famous paella in a fun event not to be missed.

ESSENTIAL BAM. WITH EMERIL LAGASSE

Chef Emeril Lagasse brings his well-known passion for Creole and Cajun cuisine to this cooking demonstration.

BAREFOOT BARBECUE

Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse and other star-studded chefs get behind the grill at this evening event. Handcrafted cocktails, live music and the feeling of sand between your toes complement the amazing food offerings.

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THE BEACH BASH

Set sail to Stingray City, Chef Eric Ripert’s favorite destination, to swim, snorkel and interact with creatures of the sea. After, enjoy a special grilled lunch hosted by the Cayman Cookout chefs at Rum Point.

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Bon Vivant Cook-Off Brunch

The island’s most ambitious amateur chefs face off in a live-action cook-off while attendees enjoy endless Moët & Chandon champagne and indulgent brunch fare.

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Rum and Robusto

This VIP-only event includes access to the highly anticipated Pétanque Game where Eric Ripert, fellow chefs and guests make up the teams.

Lionfish Culling with Chef Jose Andres
Event Type: Diving Excursion – Light Lunch
Location: Meet in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Transportation: Shuttles leave The Ritz-Carlton at 8:45 a.m.
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Price: $675.00
Requirement: Must be a certified scuba diver to participate.

Lionfish may be beautiful to look at while diving, but they are also a threat to the ecosystem of the Cayman Islands and its reefs. Join Ambassador Divers and Chef José Andrés and Chef Thomas Tennant for a two-tank culling experience with an after-dive lunch included. Aside from doing your part with the environment, lionfish truly is a delectable dish and will be paired perfectly with a refreshing Craft Beer from our newest local brewery, 1981 Brewing Company.

Krug Underwater Adventure
Event Type: Diving Excursion – Lunch
Location: Meet in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Transportation: Shuttles leave The Ritz-Carlton at 8:45 a.m.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Price: $450.00
Requirement: Snorkeling experience

Sail into the clear blue waters of the Cayman Islands with Krug for an extraordinary fishing trip followed by the fresh catch-of-the-day lunch, as fresh as it gets perfectly paired with Krug Champagne. Each bottle of Krug has its own story and offers a new experience, what will be yours?

Cayman Islands Brewery Tour & German Lunch
Event Type: Local Tour and Lunch
Location: Meet in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Transportation: Shuttles leave The Ritz-Carlton at 8:45a.m.
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Price: $150.00

The Cayman Islands Brewery was launched in 2007 with a state of the art brewery incorporating a fully automated brew house, together with canning and bottling lines. The objective from the start has been to deliver world-class products which are particular to the Cayman Islands, making the Cayman Islands far more than just the beautiful beaches, but beautiful beaches with distinctive and amazing beer. You will do a brewery tour and beer tasting then finish it off with a hearty German lunch.

Botanical Garden Adventure with The Botanist Gin
Event Type: Local Tour and Tasting
Location: Meet in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Price: $150.00

Join us for a GIN-tastic day out.
Enjoy the simple elegance of a traditional Caymanian garden with the startling beauty of an exotic floral display, wandering around the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park while hoping to spot the rare Blue Iguanas native to the islands. Experience the refreshing tasting of The Botanist Gin during the mixology session paired with delectable lunch.

The Ketel One Kitchen
Event Type: Pop – Up Bar
Location: Bar Jack Garden
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Price: No Ticket Purchase Required      

Start the day off right with a complimentary Ketel One Bloody Mary from the Ketel One Kitchen found overlooking the pristine sands of Seven Mile beach. Build your own version of a Bloody Mary under the guidance of some of Cayman’s best bartenders, and also get the chance to meet Bob Nolet, the 11th generation family Master Distiller of Ketel One, and Dennis Tamse, Global Relationships Director of Ketel One.

Mexican Lunch
Event Type: Luncheon
Location: Seven Terrace
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $175.00

¡Hola! If you love Mexican Cuisine, you won’t want to miss this lunch. Join Xavier Salomon, executive Chef at the Montage Los Cabos, and Alexis Palacios, executive Chef of Mezcal, Le Montage’s signature restaurant, as they delight you in a lively and sophisticated meal around ancestral culinary traditions. Experience a gastronomical journey through creative, fresh and authentic homage to Mexico’s history.

Emeril Lunch with Justin Wines
Event Type: Luncheon
Location: Andiamo
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $200.00

Celebrity Chef, Cookbook Author, Recipe-Award Winning, Television Personality, and Restaurateur are just a few ways to describe this world-renowned chef. Emeril Lagasse is best known for his New Orleans style cooking which has led to the success of thirteen different restaurants in the United States. Join Emeril in the kitchen as he returns to Cayman Cookout, but if in the kitchen with Emeril, be prepared to hear one of his famous catchphrases, “kick it up a notch” Lunch will feature delectable Justin Wines from Paso Robles.

French Cheese Boards – Enjoying Cheese all day, presented by Gourmet Foods International
Event Type: Luncheon
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $130.00
In France cheese is served all day long with different accompaniments per serving, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, cheese has its place. Sebastian Ladj from Interval Cheese and Michael Landis from Institut du Fromage will be discussing the usages of cheeses throughout the day and some of the most fun ways to accompany these amazing versatile cheeses. We will build some unique cheese boards and sample some delicious cheeses along the way.

Caviar Lunch with Chef Thomas Presented by Paramount Caviar
Event Type: Luncheon
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $295.00

Indulge in the ultimate of culinary delicacies as we walk you through the finest of palate sensations. Before Champagne, before oysters; it is with caviar that the aristocracy splurged their means. Your host, Paramount Caviar, invites you to share their passion and knowledge of the world’s most famous oeuf in a one-of a kind lunch experience prepared by Thomas Seifried, Chef de Cuisine at Blue by Eric Ripert. This luxury dining experience will be perfectly complemented by the exquisite Dom Pérignon champagne and the famed Burgundy house of Louis Jadot, two masters of the delicate and unforgiving art of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Exclusive Getaway and Intimate Lunch with Chef Eric Ripert and Craggy Range aboard a Falcon 7X Private Jet
Event Type: Reserve Tasting/Experience – Lunch
Location: Meet in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Transportation: Shuttles leave The Ritz-Carlton at 9:30 am
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: $1,200.00

Join Chef Eric Ripert in a private jet getaway together with the world-famous New Zealand Winery Craggy Range and owner Terry Peabody on board their Falcon 7X on a journey from Grand Cayman to view the Sister Island, Cayman Brac for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On board the Falcon, Mr. Peabody will introduce you to the wines of Craggy Range telling you about these fabulous wines at 15,000 ft. Guests will then enjoy an exclusive wine-paired lunch at an exclusive location with Chef Eric Ripert.

Meet the Distillers - Ketel One & Don Julio
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Beach Pavilion North
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: $125.00

Join us at the beach for a once in a lifetime experience as we welcome Bob Nolet, the 11th generation family Master Distiller of Ketel One vodka, and Enrique de Colsa, Master Distiller of Don Julio tequila, to the Island as they taste and talk about their iconic brands paired alongside dishes from their homelands. Alongside these legendary distillers will be two mixologists award winning World’s Best Bartender, Co-Founder and Head Bartender of Crafthouse Cocktails Charles Joly, and Kaitlyn Stewart, World Class global winner 2017, who will be shaking up some refreshing Ketel One and Don Julio cocktails.

Alternative California
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: $125.00

Explore the unknown and underappreciated grapes of California with Michael Kennedy of Component Wines and Matt Naumann of Newfound Wines.

From Campanile to Grand Cayman with Nancy Silverton
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion North
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Price: $175.00

Join baker extraordinaire Nancy Silverton as she gives us a glimpse into the culinary world of her restaurants, Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza. The Californian bread enthusiast, awarded Best Outstanding Chef in 2014 by the James Beard Foundation, will take you on a memorable culinary experience with scrumptious moments.

Cheese and Beer Pairing
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Capella
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Price: $95.00

Michael Landis, award winning brewer and author of his Beer and Cheese pairing book will bring together some fun Artisan Cheeses and Craft beer pairings for you to enjoy.  Although an unlikely combination, you will be pleased to discover how well beer and cheese pair, especially when you look at some of the characteristics of both.

How To Bourbon in Hot Weather with Bob Peters
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Price: $75.00

A guide to refreshing bourbon cocktails by Bob Peters, whose talent and personality makes him as rare and special as the libations you will find behind his bar. With strong southern roots, Bob has always enjoyed the art of dining and taking care of friends, which you will no doubt experience after this bourbon extravaganza. This exciting event will feature some of the Bourbon classics… Makers Mark, Basil Haydens, Knob Creek and Knob Creek Rye.

Sippin while Sunset Sailing Presented by NetJets
Event type: Beverage Tasting
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at The Ritz-Carlton Beach at 4:45 PM
Price: $250.00

Taste the exceptional wines of Thomas Fogarty, while sailing the beautiful blue Cayman waters on a catamaran with bites from one of our exceptional chefs. Savour these elegant, cool climate wines alongside FOOD & WINE’s Ray Isle and Thomas Fogarty Jr. as they explore the challenges and triumphs of working in California’s most challenging regions.

Altitude is an Attitude; Under the Stars with Chef Philippe Haddad & Chef Bernard Guillas
Event Type: Outdoor Plated Dinner
Location: Sunset Terrace
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Price: $425.00

Dwell on the beauty of the nature that surrounds us, wish upon a star and let your senses be awaken.
Join Chef Philippe Haddad and Chef Bernard Guillas on our exclusive Rooftop Terrace under the mesmerizing starry Cayman sky for  a delightful variety of Argentinian flavours and textures as they present a plated dinner paired with Tarrazas and Cheval de los Andes wines.

The Jacques Scott Wine Fair & Auction presented by AUDI/Arch Automotive
Event Type: Wine Tasting and Auction
Location: The Royal Cayman Islands Ballroom
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Price: $150.00

During this celebration of wine making, discover an unrivalled collection of wines and exquisite culinary selection from the participating International Chefs of the Cayman Cookout. Featuring exclusive cuisine, wine and travel experiences, proceeds from the evening’s silent auction will benefit the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Culinary Arts Scholarship.

World Class Take Over
Event Type: After Glow
Location: Silver Palm Lounge
Time: 9:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Price: No Ticket Purchase Required      

The World Class Cocktail competition has become the largest and most established Cocktail competition in the World, described as the Olympics of bartending. So come and unwind at Silver Palm Lounge as some of World Class’ top bartenders shake and stir their creations behind the bar. Featuring Charles Joly and Kaitlyn Stewart, global World Class winners from the US and Canada, joined by Cayman World Class winners Amba Lamb, Fede Johnson and Diageo Reserve Ambassador Simon Crompton as they make their signature creations using World Class brands Ketel One, Tanqueray 10, Don Julio and Bulleit bourbon.

Yoga and Krug
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: The Great Lawn
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Price: $75.00

What better way to start a day of festivities than with some yoga? Join us at the Great Lawn for a few asanas and feel yourself wake up gently as the sun rises over the Cayman Islands. After the yoga practice and once you feel energized and excited for the day ahead, you will have the opportunity to revel in the tasting of carefully selected Krug Champagne to celebrate another day in paradise. Namaste.

The Ketel One Kitchen
Event Type: Pop – Up Bar
Location: Bar Jack Garden
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Price: No Ticket Purchase Required      

Start the day off right with a complimentary Ketel One Bloody Mary from the Ketel One Kitchen found overlooking the pristine sands of Seven Mile beach. Build your own version of a Bloody Mary under the guidance of some of Caymans best bartenders, and also get the chance to meet Bob Nolet, the 11th generation family Master Distiller of Ketel One, and Dennis Tamse, Global Relationships Director of Ketel One.

Metamorphosis of Taste with Dominique Crenn
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion South
Price: $175.00

Chef Dominique Crenn is back in town to reinforce her footprint in the white sands of Grand Cayman. Experience “Poetic Culinaria” like you haven’t before, straight from the artist herself in this paradisiac setting. A French Chef established in San Francisco, Chef Crenn runs Atelier Crenn and Le Petit Crenn with her amazing team and brings forward a story through each of her delicate dishes.

Ole Jose with Chef José Andrés
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion North
Price: $195.00

The Master of entertaining while cooking, Chef José Andrés kicks off the weekend in signature style. Andrés regales with his spirited stories, while making his famous paella. This is one of the most anticipated events of the week as José amazes and delights the audience. Chef José’s demo will be perfectly paired with one of his favorite cocktails – guaranteed to present a lovely spicy finish.

Bizarre Food with Andrew Zimmern
Event Type: Lunch
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $225.00

Join us on a culinary voyage around the world with Andrew Zimmern, world-renowned chef, bestselling author and multiple Emmy-winning television personality live in Grand Cayman. Chef Andrew Zimmern tastes and discusses the bizarre side of international and local flavors with Cayman's most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs. Beverage offerings include a signature cocktail featuring Russian Standard Vodka, a selection of Bold Rock Hard Cider, a refreshing Rosé wine and of course Cayman’s very own Caybrew.

Mozza in the Caymans with Nancy Silverton
Event Type: Luncheon
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Andiamo
Price: $200.00

From the valley of San Fernando, California to the sands of Grand Cayman, Nancy Silverton joins us for the first time in Cayman Cookout and brings with her an array of baked delights and flavors. This multi award-winning Chef invites you to her table for a once in a lifetime lunch opportunity that promises to be unforgettable.

Artisan Salumi & Charcuterie: Fine Cheese’s Cousins
Event Type: Luncheon
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $130.00
Marco Terenghi from Olli Salumeria and Michael Landis from Institut du Fromage will guide you through the New American Charcuterie. Olli Salumeria is helping to coin a new style of charcuterie developed by using flavors, ingredients and agriculture of regions of the United States. They will also guide you through a history of salumi and offer insight into how ground fermented meats (salami) evolved concurrently to cheese. Marco and Michael will pair up artisan Salumi and Cheeses to show how both can work so well together.

Celebrate Today with Chef Emma Bengtsson, featuring Charles Joly and Rajat Parr
Event Type: Lunch
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Price: $295.00

They say if there is space in the heart there is space for everyone, and Chef Emma Bengtsson is opening her kitchen to welcome you into a memorable celebration of food.  The two Michelin star winner Chef treats you to lunch like you haven’t experienced before. Featuring the exquisite wines of world famous sommelier and wine personality Rajat Parr, and the inspired and innovative cocktails of World Class Bartender Charles Joly, this event is sure to awaken every palate and redefine the magic of food and beverage pairings.

Sake & Sushi
Event Type: Sake Tasting and Lunch
Location: Taikun Restaurant
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $150.00

Appearance first, scent next and finally palate. Learn the terminology, food pairings and how to store, serve and taste sake with Jhoto Sake. Served neat, warm, cold or mixed to create an abundance of cocktails, learn the many ways to enjoy Jhoito Sake, while also enjoying the most sensational sushi the island has to offer.

Essential BAM with Chef Emeril Lagasse
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion South
Price: $185.00

Chef Emeril Lagasse is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author and culinary award winner. Chef Emeril promises a cooking demonstration that displays his passion for the mastery of Creole and Cajun cuisine in his own “New New Orleans” style. Watch Emeril’s passion for food “Kicking it up a Notch” at this year’s Cayman Cookout.  

Culinary Art with Chef Yann Lejard
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion North
Price: $125.00

Witness the exquisite creations of this inspiring chef and artist as he demonstrates how evolving and creative cooking can be. After working with world renowned Chefs such as Chef Alan Ducasse and Heinz Winkler, Chef Lejard established himself as the Executive Sous Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Resort & Spa. Chef Yann Lejard’s impact in the world promises to contribute to the ever-growing Cayman Cookout culinary trend one plate at a time.

Afternoon Tea & Cocktails with Beverage Artisan Amba Lamb
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Taikun
Price: $95.00

A classic afternoon tea Featuring Palais des The’s glorious tea selection and wonderful tea inspired cocktails by our very own World Class winner and mixologist, Amba Lamb.

Swedish Cuisine Under the Sun with Emma Bengtsson
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion South
Price: $175.00

Swedish Chef Emma Bengtsson grew up in a small fishing town watching her grandmother cook, which sparked her passion for food. The Executive Chef of Aquavit, Scandinavian inspired restaurant in Manhattan, is the 2nd female Chef in the United States to run a two Michelin star kitchen, and she will introduce you to Swedish cuisine in a demonstration to be remembered.

Sous Vide in the Kitchen with Gerard Bertholon
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion North
Price: $125.00

CEO of the Culinary Research and Education Academy (CREA) and Maitre Cuisinier de France since 2012, Chef Gerard Bertholon received his culinary training in his native France by three master Chefs, and served as Executive Chef in top American and French restaurants. Join him for a demonstration of his favorite technique he has helped spread across the United States, Sous-vide cooking.

Rum: How to be a pirate in 90 minutes with Charles Joly
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Price: $150.00

Join us for an exploration into the diverse and delicious world of rum hosted by World Champion bartender Charles Joly.  We'll take a deep dive into tasting this venerable spirit, learn a bit of the history surrounding it and you'll get to try your hand at mixing cocktails. All participants will receive a custom set of bar tools to take home and keep the party going.
World Class Global Winner, Charles has led one of the most innovative and awarded programs at three Michelin-starred Alinea, and now travels the world promoting his own line of cocktail ware, bottled batched cocktails and star-mixing at events such as the Oscars.

Dinner Under the Stars with Hennessy
Event Type: Cocktail Reception
Location: Sunset Terrace
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Price: $175.00

Dwell on the beauty of the nature that surrounds us, wish upon a star.
The exclusive Hennessy inspired adventure will deliver intense sensorial experiences that combine the mastery and artistry of the cognac together with the pursuit of perfection.

Barefoot BBQ at Royal Palms presented by Certified Angus Beef and Moët & Chandon
Event Type: Signature
Location: Royal Palms
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Price: $375.00

A backyard BBQ adopts new meaning under the stars on Seven Mile Beach where shorts or rolled up trousers are de rigueur. Dine under the stars as Chefs Eric Ripert, José Andrés and various other local and internationally acclaimed Chefs harmonize sizzling grills on the beach with the breaking waves in true barefoot elegance. Hand-crafted cocktails, live music, and sweet creations by Chef Jean François Suteau will enchant into the evening. Presented by Certified Angus Beef® and Moët & Chandon, as well as featuring Avión Tequila, Flor de Caña Rum and Terrazas wines.

World Class Take Over
Event Type: After Glow
Location: Silver Palm Lounge
Time: 9:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Price: No Ticket Purchase Required      

The World Class Cocktail competition has become the largest and most established Cocktail competition in the World, described as the Olympics of bartending. So come and unwind at Silver Palm lobby bar as some of World Class’s top bartenders shake and stir their creations behind the bar. Featuring Charles Joly and Kaitlyn Stewart, global World Class winners from the US and Canada in 2013 and 2017, joined by Cayman World Class winners Amba Lamb, Fede Johnson and Diageo Reserve Ambassador Simon Crompton as they make their signature creations using World Class brands Ketel One, Tanqueray 10, Don Julio and Bulleit bourbon.

Yoga and Krug
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: The Great Lawn
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Price: $75.00

What better way to start a day of festivities than with some yoga? Join us at the Great Lawn for a few asanas and feel yourself wake up gently as the sun rises over the Cayman Islands. After the yoga practice and once you feel energized and excited for the day ahead, you will have the opportunity to revel in the tasting of carefully selected Krug Champagne to celebrate another day in paradise. Namaste.

The Beach Bash presented by Progressive Distributors Ltd.
Event Type: Signature
Location: Rum Point
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Transportation: Shuttles Depart The Ritz-Carlton 10:15 a.m.
Price: $399.00 with the Boat Transfer
Price: $350.00 without the Boat Transfer

Paired with a glass of Moët Ice Impérial, set sail on board a catamaran crossing the turquoise Caribbean Sea to Stingray City, Chef Eric Ripert's favorite destination to swim, snorkel and revel in a distinctly Caymanian experience. Rum Point awaits enticing participants with its shaded shores, colorful picnic tables, and soft-swaying hammocks. This street food extravaganza alongside Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Nancy Silverton, just to name a few, and mixologists such as Charles Joly is presented by Progressive Distributors LTD and Moët Ice Impérial.
•    10:15 a.m. - Shuttles depart from The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman to Safe Haven Harbour for catamaran transportation.
•    1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Catamarans depart Rum Point and arrive at Safe Haven Harbour for bus transportation to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Caribbean Candy Lunch with Amanda Cohen
Event Type: Luncheon
Location: Andiamo
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $200.00

Join Amanda Cohen, Chef and owner of the award-winning vegetable restaurant Dirt Candy, in the journey through culinary creations where vegetables are not just another side dish, but the focal point, a gourmet entrée themselves. Dirt Candy became the first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to receive two stars from the New York Times, was recognized by the Michelin Guide five years in a row, and won awards from Gourmet Magazine, the Village Voice, and many others. Amanda was the first vegetarian Chef to compete on Iron Chef America and her comic book cookbook, Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, is the first graphic novel cookbook to be published in North America. In 2018, New York Magazine named Dirt Candy "The Absolute Best Restaurant on the Lower East Side."

Exclusive Getaway and Intimate Lunch with Craggy Range aboard a Falcon 7X Private Jet
Event Type: Reserve Tasting/Experience – Lunch
Location: Meet in the Lobby of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Transportation: Shuttles leave The Ritz-Carlton at 9:30 am
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: $1,200.00

Join in a private jet getaway together with the world-famous New Zealand Winery Craggy Range and owner Terry Peabody on board their Falcon 7X on a journey from Grand Cayman to view the Sister Island, Cayman Brac for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On board the Falcon, Mr. Peabody will introduce you to the wines of Craggy Range telling you about these fabulous wines at 15,000 ft. Guests will then enjoy an exclusive wine-paired lunch at an exclusive location with Chef Eric Ripert.

Vermont Cheeses – World Class Award Winning Cheeses
Event Type: Luncheon
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Price: $130.00

Rick Woods, a multiple American Cheese Society Award Winner with Vermont Farmstead Cheese, takes the art of cheese-making to a new level. Rick brings a selection of their finest cheeses to show the diversity and quality of Vermont’s Farmstead cheese-making. Rick and Michael Landis from Institut du Fromage discuss the American artisan cheeses and their differences that set them apart from many of the traditional cheeses while tasting through several cheeses specifically selected for this session.

Yann Lejard Lunch
Event Type: Luncheon
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Price: $295.00

You can find Chef Yann Lejard at The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain Hotel & Spa. Chef Lejard is passionate in developing culinary trends and impacting the world one design at a time. His unique plating style is modern and sophisticated. Each dramatic dish is artistically inspired, pleasing to the eyes, and truly breathtaking. Chef Lejard has worked alongside world renowned Chefs such as Alan Ducasse and Heinz Winkler. Please join us in welcoming Yann Lejard as a first-time Cayman Cookout Chef.

Amanda Cohen, Vegetarian Candies
Event Type: Culinary Demo
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion South
Price: $175.00

In 2008 Amanda Cohen opened a small but mighty 18-seat restaurant in New York City. Dirt Candy has now evolved into an award-winning vegetable restaurant. Amanda is known for setting trends and innovating the culinary industry by achieving a lot of firsts: first vegetarian chef to compete on Iron Chef America, first vegetarian restaurant in 17 years to receive two stars from the New York Times, first restaurant in the city to eliminate tipping and share profits with its employees, and her comic book cookbook “Dirt Candy: A Cookbook” is the first graphic novel cookbook to be published in North America! And now, Cayman Cookout 2019 will be Amanda’s first cookout debut.

Andrew Zimmern Cooking Demo
Event Type: Culinary Demo
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion North
Price: $175.00

Born in New York City, Andrew Zimmern began his culinary training at the early age of fourteen. He is known not only as a chef but also an American culinary expert, television host, radio personality, director, producer, entrepreneur, food critic, columnist, teacher, and author. Through this, Zimmern was presented the James Beard Foundation Award four times: 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2017. You can also find Chef Zimmern on cooking web series on YouTube titled Andrew Zimmern Cooks. This is the first year Andrew Zimmern will be featured at Caribbean’s most exciting culinary festival, Cayman Cookout.

Pinot Panel with Rajat Parr, Craggy Range, Larry Stone, Thomas Fogerty and Louis Jadot by Ray Aisles
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Ballroom
Price: $125.00

Quite easily the most exciting new wine tasting to be added to our line-up of events! The top wine experts in the world, along with Pinot Noir masters, gather together to taste, discuss and debate the qualities of the world of Pinot Noir. Panelists include Rajat Parr, Ray Isle, Larry Stone, Janet Pouchot, Antoine Collet, and Tommy Fogarty.

Craft Beer Master Class with 1981 Brewing Company
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Seven Restaurant
Price: $75.00

Trying to define craft beer is a difficult task, as beer can be very subjective and a personal experience. To make a true craft beer definition even more difficult, each individual beer brand is one of a kind. Join us to enjoy a selection of beer from our newest local brewery, 1981 Brewing Company and discover the unique flavors and attributes that add to the continued momentum of craft beer popularity throughout the world.

Component Wine
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Price: $125

Have you ever wondered what makes up the greatest “cult wines” of Napa Valley? Join us as we discover the most recent ultra-premium winery from Napa Valley, Component Wine Company. Founder Michael Kennedy and FOOD & WINE Magazine’s Ray Isle taste the blending components that make up the best of the best from California.

Life by the Sea with Chef Dean Max
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: South Beach Pavilion
Price: $125.00

Founder and President of DJM Restaurants, a company specializing in restaurant concept development, Chef Dean Max will embark you on a journey of what is dearest to his heart: local and sustainable cooking. His local restaurant, The Brasserie, showcases this farm to table concept to perfection and Chef Max will demonstrate just how fresh and delicious this can be.

Behind the Apron Kitchen Banter with Chef Eric and Friends
Event Type: Talk Show  
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Cayman Islands Ballroom
Price: $250.00

Join Chefs Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, Emeril Lagasse and Andrew Zimmern as they engage in some light hearted kitchen banter and roast each other on the fun times had, and share delectable ingredients from the heart.

Tequila Lab with Enrique de Colsa and Kaitlyn Stewart
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Time: 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Location: Culinary Studio
Price: $125.00

“When you have passion, you have everything” - Don Julio González.
Led by passion, Don Julio González was inspired to craft the finest tequila by revolutionizing everything, from how he planted and harvested agave to the shape of the bottle. Join Enrique de Colsa, the master distiller of Don Julio and Kaitlyn Stewart, World Class Bartender of the Year 2017, as we learn about the history of tequila and how it is created in the highlands of Los Altos near Jalisco. Indulge in the full range of Don Julio tequila including the new Don Julio 70, the world’s first Anejo clara tequila, and the iconic 1942, all paired with sumptuous foodbites by the talented Chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.

Dom Perignon and Caviar on the Green
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Price: $250.00

Allow us to introduce you to His Royal Highness, the King of Champagnes, water of gold and ambassador of all crowns, Dom Perignon, like you have never experienced it before. Few things in life are as enjoyable as sipping a chilled flute of vintage Champagne and putting on a golf course overlooking the Caribbean Sea. At Dom Perignon, each vintage Champagne is created from the finest grapes grown in one single year – daring not to release a Vintage if the harvest does not meet its ideal. Enjoy this elite Champagne whilst competing against other connoisseurs in a putting challenge on The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club greens, along with culinary treats prepared by The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman  Executive Chef, Frederic Morineau, featuring Paramount Caviar.

Dinner Under the Stars with Gerard Bertholon
Event Type: Cocktail Reception
Location: Sunset Terrace
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Price: $300.00

Dwell on the beauty of the nature that surrounds us, wish upon a star and let your senses awaken. Join French Chef Gerard Bertholon under the dark starry Cayman sky for a delightful variety of flavours and textures. Experience the Sous Vide technique of cooking which could change the face of home cooking in the upcoming years.

Moet Imperial’s Night in Versailles
Event Type: Plated Dinner
Time: 7:00 p.m.  
Location: Ballroom Terrace
Price: $700.00

Cayman Cookout and Moët & Chandon pop their cork off the track this year celebrating the 150th anniversary of their most iconic product - Moet Imperial at the most stylish and unforgettable 4-course dinner prepared by some of the most renowned celebrity Chefs in the world and paired with the exclusive and mouthwatering Moet Imperial selection. Also featuring Italian Chef Marco Fadiga, the culinary Ambassador and Executive Chef of Moët & Chandon.

GYPSET After Glow
Event Type: After Glow
Location: Harbor Club Pool
Time: 9:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m.
Price: $225      

The night is only getting started! Let yourself be amazed as the place transforms into a sophisticated and whimsical oasis inspired by enchanting exoticism and down-to-earth ease. Follow your heart to our After Party with a live band and a premium brand selection of beverages under the stars with an unconventional amalgamation of glamour and free-spiritedness.

Rainer Cooking Demo
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Location: Beach Pavilion
Price: $75.00

Chef Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President, Corporate Chef at Marriott International, Luxury Brands, has traveled globally over the past two decades in his capacity as a Master Chef. Struck by the similarities of food and eating habits across borders, cultures and cuisines, he has decided to share his discoveries in his book Small Bites Big Taste, which contains over 80 recipes of exciting, contemporary dishes that are not only easy to prepare, but also fun to share with family and friends. Chef Rainer will demonstrate a selection of these amazing creations at Cayman Cookout.

Bon Vivant Amateur Chef Competition Brunch with Supporting Sponsor Kirk Market
Event Type: Signature
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Cayman Islands Ballroom
Price: $315.00

Endless Moët & Chandon Champagne and extravagant brunch selections enchant as Grand Cayman’s most ambitious amateur Chefs duel in a live cook-off in The Cayman Islands Ballroom. The amateur Chef finalists will face-off during Sunday brunch and the winner will be determined by celebrity Chef Judges Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Andrew Zimmern, and Emeril Lagasse. Savory bites, sweet delights, flowing bubbles, mixing and mingling with the who’s who in food and wine; no better way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Endless Moët & Chandon Champagne and extravagant brunch selections enchant as Grand Cayman’s most ambitious amateur Chefs duel in a live cook-off in The Cayman Islands Ballroom. The amateur Chef finalists will face-off during Sunday brunch and the winner will be determined by celebrity Chef Judges Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Andrew Zimmern, and Emeril Lagasse. Savory bites, sweet delights, flowing bubbles, mixing and mingling with the who’s who in food and wine; no better way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Rum and Robusto
Event Type: Signature
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Harbour Club Pool
Price: $125.00

After brunch, what better way to discover the pinnacle of the Caribbean than with a rum tasting! From locally-produced to world renowned, indulge your senses with “la vida Cubano” while enjoying cigars and coffee with live Son Cubano at the Harbour Club. Bask in the beautiful Caribbean sun and sip on cocktails inspired by the island's vibrant colors and flavors as you toast to the good life in Cayman featuring some of the best rum in the world, such as Ron Abuelo, Diplomatico Mantuano, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, El Dorado, Appleton Estate, Seven Fathoms and Ron Zacapa.

Endless Moët & Chandon Champagne and extravagant brunch selections enchant as Grand Cayman’s most ambitious amateur Chefs duel in a live cook-off in The Cayman Islands Ballroom. The amateur Chef finalists will face-off during Sunday brunch and the winner will be determined by celebrity Chef Judges Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Andrew Zimmern, and Emeril Lagasse. Savory bites, sweet delights, flowing bubbles, mixing and mingling with the who’s who in food and wine; no better way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Rum and Robusto
Event Type: Signature
Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Harbour Club Pool
Price: $125.00

After brunch, what better way to discover the pinnacle of the Caribbean than with a rum tasting! From locally-produced to world renowned, indulge your senses with “la vida Cubano” while enjoying cigars and coffee with live Son Cubano at the Harbour Club. Bask in the beautiful Caribbean sun and sip on cocktails inspired by the island's vibrant colors and flavors as you toast to the good life in Cayman featuring some of the best rum in the world, such as Ron Abuelo, Diplomatico Mantuano, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, El Dorado, Appleton Estate, Seven Fathoms and Ron Zacapa.

The Great Gala
Event Type: Signature
Time:  Reception 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. / Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Price: $900.00

What better way to conclude this festival focused on food, drinks and good times, than with a decadent and scrumptious plated dinner? Join Chefs Eric Ripert, Jose Andres, Dominique Crenn, Yann Lejard, Emma Bengtsson, Amanda Cohen, Thomas Raquel and Thomas Seifried as they come together to prepare a delightful dinner that will be the highlight of your time at the Cayman Cookout. Let us provide you with culinary delights that will surprise you  course after course, paired to perfection with wine from World Class Producers.