Although single event tickets won’t go on sale until later this year, those planning to attend the 2020 Cayman Cookout can now save the dates on their calendars.
In an Instagram Live announcement on April 25 from Le Bernardin restaurant in New York, host Eric Ripert and the Cayman Cookout team announced that the 2020 event would take place Jan. 15 to 19. The announcement also included a list of the chefs who will join Chef Ripert at the 12th annual food and wine festival on Grand Cayman.
Acclaimed chefs and culinary celebrities José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Dominique Crenn and Andrew Zimmern, all who have attended previous Cayman Cookout events, will return in 2020. Cayman Cookout newcomers will include Normand Laprise, Pano Karatassos, Stephanie Izard, Laeticia Rouabah, Clare Smyth and Niki Nakayama.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Executive Chef Frederic Morineau spoke about the star-studded roster of chefs attending the 2020 Cayman Cookout.
“Next year’s Cayman Cookout truly offers an impressive line-up of globally recognised culinary stars,” he said. “Convincing such celebrity chefs to join us for a week is an easy task because of the high quality of hospitality offered here and the “Caymankind” friendliness the Cayman Islands is known for.”
Morineau drew attention to the women chefs attending the 2020 Cayman Cookout.
“The line-up includes some of the best women chefs in the world, including Dominique Crenn, who was named the ‘World’s Best Female Chef’ in 2017, and Clare Smyth, who received the same accolade in 2018,” he said. “We’ll also welcome Stephanie Izard, who became the first female chef to win Bravo’s Top Chef title and then followed that up by earning the Iron Chef title in 2017.”
Smyth, who visited Grand Cayman in 2017 and participated in a number of culinary events including Slow Food Day, became the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars when she served as chef-patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay from 2013 to 2016. In 2017, she opened the restaurant Core in the Notting Hill neighbourhood of London. Core was awarded two Michelin stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide.
In addition to the talented chefs, the Cayman Cookout will also host a number of wine, spirits and food purveyor experts.
Individual tickets to 2020 Cayman Cookout events won’t go on sale until Oct. 1, but reservations for room packages, which start at US$1,536 per night, are available now. Room packages include accommodations for two, the daily breakfast buffet at Seven restaurant for two and a reduced resort fee of US$30 per day. Room packages also include tickets for two to some of the Cookout’s signature events, specifically the Wine Fair and Auction on Jan. 16; the Barefoot Beach BBQ on Jan. 17; The After-Dinner Party on Jan. 18; and Rum & Robusto on Jan. 19.
For more information or to reserve room packages, visit ritzcarlton.com/grandcayman.