Cayman Cookout 2015 was a Foodie Paradise as Always

Every January world-famous chef, Eric Ripert, hosts a weekend in Grand Cayman celebrating the newest in food trends from a stellar line-up of renowned chefs. This past weekend I attended the 7th Annual Cayman Cookout (also the 7th time I’ve personally attended). As in years past I had an absolutely great time sampling delicious food, meeting accomplished chefs and learning food tips and tricks from the best of the best. It was a foodie paradise to be sure! Hope to see you in 2016 and enjoy the “scrapbook” of this year’s events I was able to attend below.

Jose Andres

Jose Andres put on an amazing paella session on the beach. These are a few photos I snapped before he started. The calm before the exciting cookout with Jose!

Jose Andres laughs with Anthony BordainMen cooking over an open fireJose Andres dinner spread

Rundown with Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain hosted a luncheon session with chefs from local Cayman restaurants. During the session he went around station to station explaining what the chefs had prepared, and attendees could walk up to any station in any order to sample food and drinks. (You could even get seconds!) Tables shaded by umbrellas were available for guests to enjoy their cuisine in comfort. It was a delicious feast for both the eyes and palette!

Anthony BourdainChef cooks rundownRundownChef BBQs during rundownWoman enjoys RundownPeople in line for foodMan cooking chicken on charcoal grillFresh fruit and vegetables

Southern Cuisine with Sean Brock

Virginia native, Sean Brock – ower of Husk (Charleston & Nashville, TN locations) – cooked up some tasty southern cuisine from his cookbook, Heritage, including marinated shrimp and Hoppin’ John!

Heritage cookbook on displaySean Brock shows off his cookbookCrowds watches Sean Brock cook

Lynn Crawford

Lynn Crawford was a completely hilarious and engaging chef from Toronto. She got audience participation and made some killer rum cocktails and fish tacos. Lynn was so friendly (Even got my photo with her below!), and cooked such good food. If you don’t have banana leaves to poach fish in, use foil or parchment paper.

Lynn Crawford presents at Cayman CookoutLynn Crawford presents with guestsFood on the grillGuests helping Lynn CrawfordMan delivers food to crowdWomen enjoy drinksKay with Lynn CrawfordFood presented by Lynn Crawford  

Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson gave all the secrets to good fried “yard bird” or chicken! It was fantastic. Marcus was very personable and is an acclaimed chef from Ethiopia who was adopted at age 3 by Swedish parents and raised in Sweden. He has a restaurant in Harlem named, Red Rooster. The “yard bird” demo was outside of Blue (Eric Ripert’s elegant restaurant on the island), then we moved inside Blue for a four course luncheon. The wines were from the Phelps Winery in Napa, and the dessert served was a popcorn accented caramel mousse. Samuelsson went table to table, signed cookbooks and posed for photos. It was a completely amazing experience.

Marcus Samuelsson presents at Cayman CookoutMarcus Samuelsson tries foodGroup enjoys food by Marcus SamuelssonDish prepared by MarcusDish prepared by MarcusFood and wine being servedWine glassesFood prepared by Marcus  

Michael White

Then we attended a session with Michael White, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of the Altamarea Group which owns many acclaimed restaurants. He cooked a scrumptious seafood risotto, and demoed how to remove conch from its shell. Claw hammers were a necessary tool!

Michael White cracks a conchConch shellMichael White presentingMichael WhiteMichael White stirringRisotto