Event Line-Up

2020 Full Event Line-Up

Pappy Van Winkle Dinner
Event Type: Dinner
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Take a journey back through time with Preston Van Winkle. Join him for this rare occasion to sip on the fine whiskey crafted to his family’s specifications and learn why his family motto is to provide “always fine bourbon.” You will have the opportunity to try 10, 12, 15 and 20 year expressions while enjoying a delectable selection of dishes prepared by Thomas Seifried, Chef de Cuisine at Blue by Eric Ripert.

Yoga and Krug
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman – Haven Cabanas
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Start a lively day of festivities with a yoga session overlooking Seven Mile Beach. Join us beachside for a few asanas and gently rise with the sun over the Cayman Islands. Enjoy an energizing yoga practice that will leave you ready for an exciting day ahead all while indulging in a tasting of carefully selected Krug Champagne to celebrate another day in paradise. Namaste.

Lionfish Culling with Chef José Andrés and 1981 Brewing Company
Event Type: Diving Excursion
Location: Boat Experience
Transportation: Departing from main lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman at 8:45 a.m.
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
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 along with Chef José Andrés and Chef Thomas Tennant for a two-tank culling experience. In addition to contributing to the environment, enjoy a rare and delectable lionfish tasting paired perfectly with a refreshing Craft Beer from our newest local brewery, 1981 Brewing Company.

Botanical Garden Adventure with The Botanist Gin and Julie Reiner
Event Type: Local Tour and Tasting
Location: Off-Site Event
Transportation: Departing from main lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Explore local Beacon farms and sample unique Caribbean fruits while enjoying the subtle elegance of a traditional Caymanian garden at Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park in a GIN-tastic day out. Learn more about foraging through a fun and engaging lesson from a professional botanist and experience the refreshing complexity of The Botanist Gin and Bittered Sling Bitters during a mixology session with “Mixtress” Julie Reiner featuring some of the discovered ingredients, while enjoying a delectable lunch surrounded by lush greenery.

Ketel One Kitchen
Event Type: Pop–Up Bar
Location: Bar Jack Garden
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
No ticket purchase required.

Kick-off an exciting day of events 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 Cookout’s best bartenders, and enjoy the opportunity to meet the experts including Dennis Tamse, Global Relationships Director for Ketel One Vodka.

GoldenEye Getaway with Chef Eric Ripert and Craggy Range
Event Type: Reserve Tasting & Lunch Experience
Location: Off-site event
Transportation: Departing from main lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman at 9:30 a.m.
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join Chef Eric Ripert in a private jet getaway along with world-famous New Zealand winery, Craggy Range and its owner, Terry Peabody. Hop on board the Peabody family’s private jet on a journey from Grand Cayman to the Ian Fleming Private Airport to visit The Ian Flemming Villa at Golden Eye in Jamaica for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On board the plane, Mr. Peabody will introduce you to the wines of Craggy Range and will share all about these fabulous wines at 15,000 ft. up in the air. Guests will then enjoy an extraordinary wine-paired lunch at this exclusive location.

A Culinary Journey in Cayman Brac with Chef Philippe Haddad and Chef Bernard Guillas presented by Le Soleil D’Or, Cayman Airways, Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and The National Trust
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Cayman Brac
Transportation: Departing from main lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
Time: 10:30 a.m.

Let us take you on a journey to experience the Caymankind across the pristine island of Cayman Brac. Named for its breathtaking bluff, Cayman Brac is off the beaten track but remains elegantly charming, allowing thrill-seekers and nature-lovers to get up close and personal with rare flora and fauna. Le Soleil D’or’s organic farm and adjacent inn provide the perfect place for this lunch retreat. Chef Philippe and Chef Bernard await you in this wondrous, historic location, eager to share their talent as you delight in a thrilling chase of flavors, wines, their engaging anecdotes, and Cayman history. These unique features and easy-going culture provide the perfect place for this memorable lunch retreat. Chef Philippe and Bernard await you in this wondrous, historic location, eager to share their talent as you delight in a inspiring voyage of flavors, wines, their engaging anecdotes, and Cayman history.

Emeril Lunch with Lingua Franca Wines
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Andiamo
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Celebrity chef, cookbook author, 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 as he returns to Cayman Cookout, and be prepared to hear one of his famous catchphrases, “kick it up a notch”. Lunch will feature delectable Lingua Franca wines from the Eola Amity Hills presented by wine maker and Master sommelier Larry Stone.

Caviar Lunch with Chef Thomas Seifried  hosted by Paramount Caviar presented by Fortessa and Garnier-Thiebaut
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Indulge in the ultimate of culinary delicacies as we guide you through the finest of palate sensations. 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 and newly-released Dom Pérignon vintage 2008 champagne and the famed Burgundy house of Louis Jadot, two masters of the delicate and unforgiving art of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Lunch with Jessica Little from Sweet Grass Dairy Farm presented by Gourmet Foods International
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Jessica Little grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Brooks County, Georgia where she developed a love of sustainable agriculture.  After receiving a degree in business administration in Atlanta, she moved back home to operate Sweet Grass Dairy with her husband.  Since 2002, the Littles have won over 30 awards for their artisan cheeses.  Experience this fantastic lunch as Jessica shares about her cheese shop and restaurant that focuses on storied ingredients from like-minded producers. 

Mexican Lunch with Agave – Tequila Ocho and Ilegal Mezcal
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Seven Terrace
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

¡Viva Mexico! If you love Mexican cuisine, you’ve found your match at Cayman Cookout. Delight in a lively and sophisticated meal from Chef Xavier Salomon, Executive Chef from Montage Los Cabos, around ancestral culinary traditions. Experience a gastronomical journey through creative, fresh and authentic homage to Mexico’s history. You will also enjoy Ilegal Mezcal and Tequila Ocho cocktails provided by Agave Grill.

Andrew Zimmern Cooks in Cayman
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: North Beach Pavilion
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

After a magnificent first run at Cayman Cookout 2019, Andrew Zimmern returns to the Caribbean’s most exciting culinary festival. Born in New York City, Andrew Zimmern began his culinary training at the early age of fourteen. He is known as not only a chef but also an American culinary expert, television host, radio personality, director, producer, entrepreneur, food critic, columnist, teacher, and author. Zimmern has received the James Beard Foundation Award four times, in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2017. You can also find Chef Zimmern on cooking web series on YouTube titled Andrew Zimmern Cooks. In addition to the epicurean delights, enjoy specially crafted cocktails by our very own Cayman Islands rum – Seven Fathoms.

Rockstars of Beverage – Dennis Tamse, Lauren Mote, Julie Reiner, Charles Joly and Kaitlyn Stewart
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: South Beach Pavilion
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Picture this: the world’s best bartenders walk onto Seven Mile Beach. Join a lively group of superstars from the beverage-world for a boozy afternoon on the beach, filled with fun banter, cocktails and light bites. Host Lauren Mote, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling and Diageo Global Cocktailian, asks the right questions and gets all the juicy details of a life behind the most famous bars and the world’s best brands. Featuring special guests, Dennis Tamse, Global Relationships Director at the Nolet Distillery (Ketel One vodka); world-renowned mixologist, bar owner and consultant, Julie Reiner; Co-Founder and Head Bartender of Crafthouse Cocktails, Charles Joly; and Kaitlyn Stewart, World Class global winner 2017. Sponsored by Ketel One Vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN and Bittered Sling.

Tortuga Distillery Tour & Rum Cake Workshop with Ian Burrell
Event Type: Local Tour
Location: Off-Site Event
Transportation: Departing from main lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman at 1:45 p.m.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Tortuga Rum Company was founded in 1984 by Captain Robert Hamaty and his wife Carlene. They introduced the first rums to the Cayman Islands, primarily to appeal as a souvenir to the growing tourist and cruise passenger business. In 1988, Tortuga began to commercially sell the now world-famous Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cake which quickly became the Cayman Islands largest export. Today, every rum cake with the Cayman Islands flag is proudly produced on the island alongside Tortuga’s ‘Cayman Rum’. Embark on a journey that showcases a story of local production from local sugar cane manufacturing to Tortuga’s bakery and craft distilleries, alongside one of the most prominent figures in the spirits and cocktail scene – global rum ambassador, Ian Burrell.

Moët 2.0 Champagne Experience
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Become an expert in entertaining alongside Moët & Chandon. In this interactive experience, you will learn unique tips on how to impress your dinner guests and rise as a Moët Guru! Discover everything you ever wanted to know about Moët and learn how to expertly saber your bottle, make your own champagne glass pyramid and become a master in food pairing with Chef Marco Fadiga from Moët & Chandon.

A Leap into Mendoza with Susana Balbo
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

One of the top 10 most influential women in the wine world, Susana Balbo delivers a first class experience into the wines that have garnered her worldwide recognition. To create her wines, Susana Balbo combines the “knowledge of the terroir” and “winemaking skills”. The art of blending is, according to Susana, the expression of the winemaker’s top talent. A way to show the ability to play with different aromas and flavors obtained from different terroirs, as does a painter with his palette and canvas.

Bittered Sling Cocktails
Event Type: Pop–Up Bar
Location: Bar Jack
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No ticket purchase required.

On your way to the beach, make a refreshing pit stop and sip on handcrafted cocktails with Lauren Mote, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, and award-winning bartender, Katie Ingram, while overlooking the pristine sands of Seven Mile Beach. Sling back and relax at Bar Jack, the perfect spot to unwind and regroup before your next scheduled event.

Modern Greek Cooking with Pano Karatassos and Greek Wine Expert Sofia Perpera
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: South Beach Pavilion
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Discover alongside Kyma’s Executive Chef and author of Modern Greek Cooking, Pano I. Karatassos, as he shares a glimpse into the world of his restaurant, Kyma. The Atlanta-based enthusiast started his career under the guidance of top chefs including Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and our very own host, Eric Ripert, before returning to Atlanta to work with his father and open Kyma. Indulge in the awe-inspiring world of Modern Greek cooking.

Bonjour, Cayman with Laëtitia Rouabah
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: North Beach Pavilion
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Embark on an awe-inspiring journey as Benoit by Alain Ducasse Executive Chef, Laëtitia Rouaba, takes you on a memorable voyage through French Cuisine. In 2016, Laetitia came to the United States to become the Executive Chef at Benoit, where she remains true to quintessential bistro fare while focusing on fresh ingredients and sophisticated techniques, inspired by the multi-cultural landscape of New York.

Bob Peters – Cocktail Demo
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Join award-winning mixologist Bob Peters as he guides you through a delightful experience exploring the mysterious and beautiful world of Mezcal. Learn how do a proper tasting to distinguish between Tequila and its smoky cousin from Oaxaca, as Bob Peters demonstrates how to shake up easy-to-make Mezcal cocktails right in your own home. Come thirsty and curious!

The Liberated Enjoyment of Wine and Food with Robert Mondavi Winery
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

A newfound understanding of the interaction of wine with food is allowing us to show how easily wine can be enjoyed with different kinds of food. If the taste components within the food are balanced, any wine can taste perfect with any food. The Liberated Enjoyment of Wine and Food seminar will help you gain greater control over your ability to perfect the wine and food experience; it can open up more options for your wine and food pleasure, and it can show you how to avoid having your favorite wines detrimentally affected by your favorite foods. Increase your dining and drinking freedom and increase your enjoyment!

Cigar Workshop with Cayman Cigar Company presented by Beacon Farms
Event Type: Workshop
Location: Seven Terrace
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Cayman Cigar’s Torcedora (Master Cigar Roller), Barbara Garcia, will demonstrate how hand selected tobacco blends are bunched, rolled, and finished into a uniquely Cayman cigar. Watch Barbara create handmade cigars up close and personal, as you learn a short history of tobacco in the Cayman Islands and how the Cayman Cigar Company was created to make small batch, premium cigars, and support local charities. The demonstration will later be followed by a cigar and rum tasting on the terrace where Cayman Cigar Company will present you with two of their hand-crafted cigars in a cedar lined leather case, complete with cigar cutter!

Sippin’ While Sunset Sailing presented by NetJets
Event type: Off-Site Event
Location: Seven Mile Beach
Transportation: Departing from north side of the beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman at 4:45 p.m.
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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 magazine’s Ray Isle and Thomas Fogarty Jr. as they explore the challenges and triumphs of working in California’s most interesting and rewarding regions. Paired with the complex aromas and serious depths of what some would say “the greatest whiskey” Buffalo Trace, sip craft cocktails as you sail looking into the orange glazed skies.

Altitude Is An Attitude – Argentina on the Palate
Event Type: Outdoor Family-Style Dinner
Location: Sunset Terrace
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Dwell on the beauty that surrounds the Cayman Islands, wish upon a star and let your senses be awakened.
Join us on our exclusive rooftop terrace under the mesmerizing, starry Cayman sky for a delightful variety of Argentinian flavors and textures as they present a family-style dinner paired with Terrazas and Cheval de Los Andes wines.

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

During this celebration of wine making, discover an unrivalled collection of wines and exquisite culinary selections from the participating international chefs of 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.
No ticket purchase required.

Wind down after an exciting day of events at Silver Palm Lounge while the top World Class bartenders shake and stir their creations behind the bar. The World Class cocktail competition has become the largest and most prestigious competition in the world, described as “the Olympics of bartending”, so it goes without saying that our World Class Cayman winners know how to mix a memorable drink! Featuring Amba Lamb, World Class Winner in the Cayman Islands in 2017; Fede Gisbert Johnson, World Class Winner in the Cayman Islands in 2018; and Diageo Reserve Ambassador Simon Crompton, World Class Winner in the Cayman Islands in 2015, with special guests Lauren Mote, Kaitlyn Stewart, Charles Joly and Dennis Tamse of Ketel One Vodka.

Yoga and Krug
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman – Haven Cabanas
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Start a lively day of festivities with a yoga session overlooking Seven Mile Beach. Join us beachside for a few asanas and gently rise with the sun over the Cayman Islands. Enjoy an energizing yoga practice that will leave you ready for an exciting day ahead all while indulging in a tasting of carefully selected Krug Champagne to celebrate another day in paradise. Namaste.

Ketel One Bloody Mary
Event Type: Pop–Up Bar
Location: Bar Jack Garden
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
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 Cookouts best bartenders, and enjoy the opportunity to meet experts including Dennis Tamse, Global Relationships Director for Ketel One Vodka.

José and Ripert Face-Off – Paella vs. Bouillabaisse
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: North Beach Pavillion
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join headlining chefs Eric Ripert and José Andrés as the longtime friends face each other in a battle of traditions. Chef Ripert will defend Southern France’s favorite fish stew, the Bouillabaisse, while José will prepare one of Spain’s favorites, Paella. Both Spain and France share the love of good food and friendly banter, and this culinary face-off promises to be a delight for all senses.

Andrew Zimmern Explores the Flavours of Cayman presented by Best Dressed Chicken
Event Type: Lunch
Location: The Great Lawn
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Give a warm Cayman welcome to chef Andrew Zimmern as his culinary voyage around the world brings him back to Cayman Cookout. World-renowned chef, bestselling author and multiple Emmy-winning television personality goes live in Grand Cayman to taste and discuss the bizarre side of international and local flavors with Cayman’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs. Beverage offerings include Santa Margherita wine, signature cocktails featuring Russian Standard Vodka, and Cayman’s very own Cayman Islands brewery beers.

Lunch with Kevin Ouzts from Spotted Trotter Charcuterie presented by Gourmet Food International
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kevin Ouzts, the Executive Chef/Owner/Charcutier of The Spotted Trotter Charcuterie, opened June 2010 after working at The Fatted Calf and The French Laundry in Northern California. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and former Chef de Cuisine under James Beard Chef; Linton Hopkins, Chef Ouzts describes The Spotted Trotter, his first business opened in 2010, as a labor of love concentrating on “Making Good Food The Right Way” by using only humanely-sourced proteins and sustainable ingredients from in and around the Southeast. Experience Ouzts’s lunch as he shares how his products are instantly recognizable because of his mantra of focusing on the Details in Good Meat.

Un Lunch de Benoît with Laetitia Rouabah featuring Justin Wines
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Andiamo
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

After more than a decade working her way through ranks of Chef Alain Ducasse’s culinary empire, young Laetitia Rouabah sees herself at the head of the world renowned Chef’s bistro Benoit in New York City. Part of a new generation of female chefs representing the excellence of French cuisine in a megalopolis like New York City, Chef Rouabah will delight you with a lunch inspired by her own take on French traditions.

Culinary Poetry with Dominique Crenn presented by Fortessa and Garnier-Thiebaut
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Allow Chef Dominique Crenn to delight you with her delicate and poetic culinary creations. Based in San Francisco, Chef Crenn and her team elevated this artistic cuisine to be recognized by the Michelin Guide as a Three-Michelin Star experience, and will now bring you a fantastic lunch adventure, paired with wines carefully selected by Master Sommelier Raj Parr and a cocktail by mixologist Charles Joly.

Nakayama & Joto Sake Lunch in Taikun
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Taikun
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Discover the Japanese tradition of kaiseki, a dining experience based in gratitude and appreciation, with Los Angeles-based Chef Niki Nakayama. True to Japanese culture, Chef Nakayama uses kaiseki to show her appreciation and gratitude for nature, highlighting natural flavors and presenting them in their purest way without over-complication, and serving them how they were meant to be in their peak season. Nothing goes better with Japanese cuisine then Joto Sake cocktails hand-crafted by beverage talent Julie Reiner. Henry Sidel, Founder of Joto Sake,  offers a unique journey into the hearts of the world. Joto Sake bridges the gap between Japanese artisanal sake and the global market.

A Goat in Cayman Islands
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Seven
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Chicago native, Chef Stephanie Izard runs acclaimed restaurant Girl & the Goat, where she offers her clientele a fun and lively setting that makes her guests feel at home from the moment they walk through the door. Join her for a fun lunch with international influence that will have a lasting impression on your taste buds! Recently named “G.O.A.T.” of Argentinian winemaking by Forbes Magazine, Susana Balbo will be pairing each course with wines from her vineyard.

Essential BAM with Chef Emeril Lagasse
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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.

To the Core of British Cuisine with Clare Smyth
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Clare Smyth MBE, is a Northern Irish chef. She is the first and only female chef to have run a three Michelin Stars restaurant in the United Kingdom as chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay from 2012 to 2016. With her debut restaurant Core, she was awarded two Michelin stars as a new entry in the 2019 guide. Her vision with Core is to craft beautiful dishes with an emphasis on artisanal and sustainability, using the best British produce. Join in as 2018’s World’s Best Female Chef opens a window into her culinary world.

Discovering the Crus of Domaine Ott
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Founded in 1896 in sunny Provence, France, Domaine Ott produces red, white and rosé wines with a love and passion for the craftsmanship that can be found in every bottle. Jean Francios Ott will personally guide you through journey of their Crus.

Cognac Master Class
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Capella
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

All cognac is brandy, but not all brandy is cognac! Cognac is the original brandy and still to this day, the most revered and historical distillate of wine. The styles, versatility, applications and personalities of cognac are immensely varied and its production method considered one of the most artisanal and crafted in the world of spirits. Taste a selection of six cognacs that will illustrate a variety of terroirs, styles, tiers and aging categories. The course will also feature a series of small bites to showcase pairing applications and you will receive a Certificate issued by the Bureau National Interprofessionnel du Cognac (BNIC).

Afternoon Tea & Cocktails with Beverage Artisan Amba Lamb, The Botanist Gin and Bittered Sling
Event Type: Afternoon Tea
Location: Silver Palm Lounge
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A classic afternoon tea featuring Palais des The’s glorious tea selection and wonderful tea-inspired cocktails by our very The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s own World Class Winner and beverage manager, Amba Lamb. Fancy hats encouraged!

Rare Wine Master Class with Raj Par
Event Type: Reserve Beverage Tasting
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A rare opportunity to have wine juggernaut, Rajat Parr, shift his focus from his own estates (Domaine de la Cote, Evening Land, Sandhi), and curate a tasting through the wines he loves and respects. A selection of iconic estates and vintages, unicorn wines, and unexpected gems that you will want to start collecting. Limited seating to 12 people will create intimate conversation in addition to hedonistic pleasure.

Greek Wine Tasting with Sofia Perpera
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

It’s all Greek to me! Some believe Greece to be the cradle of modern wine culture. Take an odyssey with Sophia Perpera and explore wines from Thessaloniki to the Greek isles. The range of styles and flavors are surprisingly vast and versatile. After this seminar, you will have the confidence to order Assyrtiko and Agiorgitiko at your favorite wine bar or retailer (and pronounce it correctly!).

Bittered Sling Barjack Cocktails
Event Type: Pop–Up Bar
Location: Bar Jack
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
No Ticket Purchase Required – Happy Hour Prices

On your way to the beach, make a refreshing pit stop and sip on handcrafted cocktails with Lauren Mote, co-proprietor of Bittered Sling, and award-winning bartender, Katie Ingram, while overlooking the pristine sands of Seven Mile Beach. Sling back and relax at Bar Jack, the perfect spot to unwind and regroup before your next scheduled event.

Alternative Wine Pairings with Sommelier & Vintner Michael Kennedy
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Join vintner & former Head Sommelier of Blue by Eric Ripert, Michael Kennedy as he and one of our talented chefs take you on a journey through remarkable wines from around the world with culinary pairings that you never dreamed of. Exciting, cutting edge and classical all wrapped into one seminar.

Metamorphosis of Taste with Dominique Crenn
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Chef Dominique Crenn is back to leave her mark on the white sands of Grand Cayman. Experience “Poetic Culinaria” like you haven’t before, straight from the artist herself in this paradise setting. A French Chef established in San Francisco and recently named the only female chef in the United States with three Michelin Stars, Chef Crenn runs Atelier Crenn and Le Petit Crenn with her amazing team and brings forward a story through each of her delicate dishes.

Daniel’s Dish Demo
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

You can find Daniel Boulud’s French-American cooking in cities such as Miami, Palm Beach, London, Singapore, Beijing, Montreal, Toronto and New York. Now the two Michelin-starred Chef brings the soulfully satisfying, traditional cooking he grew up with on his family’s Rhône Valley farm to Seven Mile Beach.

Bourbon & Rye Revolution: Navigating the New-Old World of American Whiskey with Charles Joly
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Join master mixologist Charles Joly for an interactive and immersive dive into the renaissance of American Whiskey. You’ll explore the world of bourbon and rye whiskey, fire up your palates and all guests will get to try their hand at crafting classic whiskey cocktails with Bulleit Whiskies. All participants will receive a custom set of his exclusively designed Crafthouse by Fortessa collection of bar tools to take home and keep the party going.

Sherry Master Class
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Capella
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Designed for wine enthusiasts, this course offers intermediate-level study material that has been reviewed and approved by the Regulatory Council of Jerez. Led by renowned expert Christian Esser, certified Sherry Educator, you’ll explore the history, geography, viticulture, wine-making and styles of sherry wines. You’ll also taste six different sherries and discuss food pairings and best practices for service. By the end of the course you will receive a certificate issued by the Regulatory Council of Jerez.

Gin & Croquet on the Green
Event Type: Reserve Beverage Tasting
Location: Golf Course
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

2020 marks the peak of the ‘Gin Renaissance’ and Gin & Croquet celebrates all that is great about gin. Indulge in five bars from well-known gin brands to craft producers from arond the world, each showcasing five signature cocktails. From the elevated gin & tonic to a twist on the classic gin martini, learn about what makes each of these gins great while enjoying a quintessentially British game of croquet. Discover cocktails beautifully crafted by our mixologist team. White attire recommended for all as well as golf course comfortable shoes for the ladies.

Under the Stars with Hennessy
Event Type: Cocktail Reception
Location: Sunset Terrace
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

Dwell on the beauty of the nature that surrounds us and wish upon a star. Join cocktail legend Julie Reiner on this exclusive Hennessy-inspired adventure that will deliver an extraordinary sensory experience combining the mastery and artistry of the cognac together with the pursuit of perfection.

Dinner in the Distillery with Seven Fathoms Rum
Event Type: Off-Site Family-Style Dinner
Location: Seven Fathoms Distillery
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased directly with Seven Fathoms Rum Distillery. Transportation not provided.
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Join Chef Thomas Tennant in the heart of the Seven Fathoms Rum distillery as he guides your palate through an array of flavors true to his own. His dishes and vibrant flavors will surely win all food lovers alike as each course is paired with the rich flavors of Seven Fathoms Rum and some unique and seasonal limited-release spirits. Seven Fathoms uses the waves of the Caribbean Sea to bring richness and full bodied notes into each bottle and this hand crafted rum is one to keep you longing for more of its sweet, rich taste.

Barefoot BBQ at Royal Palms presented by Certified Angus Beef, Moët & Chandon and Barilla
Event Type: Signature
Location: Royal Palms
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

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, Andrew Zimmern and other local and internationally acclaimed chefs harmonize sizzling grills on the beach with the breaking waves in true barefoot elegance. Hand-crafted cocktails, savory delights and live music, will enchant your way into the evening. Presented by Certified Angus Beef and Chandon California sparkling wines, featuring Beam Global Bourbons, Flor de Caña Rum, Terrazas wines and 1981 Brewing Company.

Yoga and Krug
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman – Haven Cabanas
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Start a lively day of festivities with a yoga session overlooking Seven Mile Beach. Join us beachside for a few asanas and gently rise with the sun over the Cayman Islands. Enjoy an energizing yoga practice that will leave you ready for an exciting day ahead all while indulging in a tasting of carefully selected Krug Champagne to celebrate another day in paradise. Namaste. 

GoldenEye Getaway with Chef Dominique Crenn and Craggy Range
Event Type: Reserve Tasting & Lunch Experience
Location: Off-site event
Transportation: Departing from main lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman at 9:30 a.m.
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join Chef Dominique Crenn in a private jet getaway along with world-famous New Zealand winery, Craggy Range and its owner, Terry Peabody. Hop on board the Peabody family’s private jet on a journey from Grand Cayman to the Ian Fleming Private Airport to visit The Ian Flemming Villa at Golden Eye in Jamaica for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On board the plane, Mr. Peabody will introduce you to the wines of Craggy Range and will share all about these fabulous wines at 15,000 ft. up in the air. Guests will then enjoy an extraordinary wine-paired lunch at this exclusive location.

The Beach Bash presented by Progressive Distributors Ltd. hosted by The TODAY Show’s Al Roker
Event Type: Signature
Location: Rum Point
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Transportation: Departing from main lobby at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman at 10:15 a.m.

Set sail crossing the turquoise Caribbean Sea to Stingray City, Chef Eric Ripert’s favorite destination to swim, snorkel and revel in a distinctly Caymanian experience. Hosted by the The Today’s Show Al Roker, Rum Point awaits enticing event participants with its shaded shores, colorful picnic tables, and soft-swaying hammocks. This street food extravaganza alongside Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Laetitia Rouabah, to name a few; as well as Beverage artisans Charles Joly and Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell, is presented by Progressive Distributors Ltd. and Moët Ice Impérial featuring Flor de Caña Rum and Cayman Islands Brewery.

• 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.

Mediterranean Meets Caribbean with Chef Pano I. Karatossos and Greek Wine Expert Sofia Perpera
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Andiamo
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Declaring victory against Bobby Flay, join the culinary leader in Modern Greek cooking Chef Pano I. Karatossos into a journey of Mediterranean flavors paired with authentic Greek Wines. Executive chef for Buckhead Life Restaurant Group in Atlanta and seafood tavern Kyma, Chef Pano will amaze the senses with his culinary creations reflecting his experience, from his upbringing in his Yiayia’s kitchen to his 25+ years in the restaurant industry.

Challenging the Perception of Fine Dining with Clare Smyth presented by Fortessa and Garnier-Thiebaut
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The Final Table’s very own judge, Clare Smyth, takes to the kitchen where her influence is derived from the beauty and subtleness of nature itself. Using sustainable fresh ingredients to capture our palates, Chef Clare Smyth has been recognized by the Queen of England and distinguished into the British Empire as the only female two Michelin Star Chef in the United Kingdom. Named Female Chef of the Year by The World’s 50 Best, join Chef Clare for a perfectly-paired wine lunch.

Ceviche Flavors with Dean Max and Ken Vedrinski
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Taikun
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Winner of Food Networks’ Throwdown with Bobby Flay, Ken Vedrinski has found his passion and heritage in Italian flare. A three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist and executive chef and owner of Trattoria Lucca in downtown Charleston, Ken Vedrinksi brings the essence of Italian cooking as he teams up with one of Cayman’s favorite chefs, Dean Max. Chef Dean Max will take 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. With a combination of sea and farm to table cuisine both chefs will leave you captivated by the intricate yet delicate flavors of the ocean.

Un Lunch Quebequois with Normand Laprise & Cape Landing Wines
Event Type: Lunch
Location: Seven Terrace
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Awarded with the Prix Hommage Renaud-Cyr for his involvement with Quebec’s gardeners, farmers and fishermen, Chef Normand Laprise has been a staple in Quebec’s gastronomy. Combining culture with fresh ingredients to deliver an experience of vivid and natural flavors, Chef Laprise will deliver Quebec’s most profound dishes while sipping on the superb fruity notes of the picturesque vineyard wines from Cape Landing.

Goat Goat Dish with Stephanie Izard
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion 
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join winner of Bravo’s Top Chef Stephanie Izard as she whips up spirited and flavorsome dishes with a global influence that is not only entertaining but lively. Her restaurant Girl and the Goat won best new restaurant by the James Beard Foundation in 2011 and has captured many visitors and locals alike in the Chicago area for its homey setting. Paired with refreshing cocktails and vibrant flavors Stephanie Izard will surely be a demo not to miss.

The Seasonal Narrative with Niki Nakayama
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Witness the beauty and modern take on the traditional Japanese multi-course Kaiseki with one of world’s foremost Chefs Niki Nakayama. Her artful cuisine consists of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients which breathe life into all of her dishes. Her restaurant n/naka serves as a global destination for modern Kaiseki with one of the hardest reservations to secure in L.A. Paired with luscious sake from Joto Sake this demo is surely set to be a favorite. 

Pinot Panel with Rajat Parr, Craggy Range, Larry Stone, Thomas Fogerty and Louis Jadot
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Grand Cayman Ballroom
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Explore the intricacies of Pinot Noir from around the world with some of the world’s top experts on the topic. Taste wines from Burgundy, Oregon, California and New Zealand with Rajat Parr, Master Sommelier Larry Stone, Vintner Thomas Fogarty Jr. a Craggy Range expert, and Food & Wine Magazine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle.

Wines of Napa & Bordeaux Unraveled: Component Wine
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wines of Napa & Bordeaux Unraveled: Taste the unique single-varietal, single-vineyard Component Wines that have challenged hundreds of years of blending tradition by separating the blend into its single components. These wines from vintner and former Blue by Eric Ripert Head Sommelier Michael Kennedy, have received rave reviews and much acclaim. They are made in partnership with one of the best winemakers in Napa Valley, Marc Gagnon, and in Bordeaux with the winemaking team from Château Lynch-Bages.

The Restless Creator Raul Perez
Event Type: Reserve Beverage Tasting
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Culinary Studio

Deemed a superstar of Spanish wines, Raul Perez has been on the forefront of the conversation about what has been called “The New Spain” since his first vintage in 1994 at the age of 22. He produces wines in his own way, both in Spain and in other parts of the world. These are not “winemaker” wines so much as they are unadulterated expressions of the villages and vineyards from which they hail. “Raul Perez is the archetype of the intuitive winemaking genius” – Decanter Magazine.

An Avant-Garde Vision with Chef Nomand LaPrise
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

The relationship between food and culture is no stranger to Chef Normand LaPrise. Co- Owner of Toqué! Chef LaPrise’s concept of farm to table not only delivers in the kitchen but with the local artisans that contribute to the fresh and in-season ingredients. Toque!, recognized as the staple for Quebec’s gastronomy scene, delivers dishes that are reminiscent of the fields, rivers, oceans and forests that contribute to the elements of each unique dish.

“Avec Eric”Talk Show
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: Beach Pavilion 
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Join as Chef Eric Ripert hosts and enthralling talk show with special guest interviews to Chef Dominique Crenn, José Andrés and friends as they engage in some light hearted kitchen banter and roast each other on the fun times had, as they share delectable ingredients from the heart.

An Afternoon with Justin Wines 
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Capella
Time: 3:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

From the vine to the glass the making of an award-winning tradition, Justin Wines has captivated wine palates around the world. Combining traditional old world methods, like hand-harvesting and small-barrel aging in French oak, with new world technology, Justin Wines offers rich wines with fruity notes. Join Justin Baldwin, the founder of Justin Winery & Vineyards, for a tasting of six of his very own, award-winning wines from Paso Robles.

Sneaky Tiki Talks
Event Type: Beverage Tasting
Location: Culinary Studio
Time: 3:45 p.m. -4:45 p.m.

From classic tiki to modern tropical, this class is all about crazy glassware and mind-blowing garnishes. Delve into the history of tiki with Julie Reiner, bar owner and cocktail consultant extraordinaire, Kaitlyn Stewart, World Class Global winner 2017 and Lauren Mote, Global Cocktailian and co-proprietor of Bittered Sling bitters. This dream-team knows a thing or two about secret ingredients, rum running and flaming bar tops and they’re here to share it with you!

La Grande Dame Plays Golf amongst Pristine Ferraris
Event Type: Signature
Location: Golf Course
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Few things in life are as enjoyable as sipping a chilled flute of Champagne and putting on a golf course overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy the audacious luxury of Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame whilst competing against other connoisseurs in a putting challenge on The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club green with pristine Ferraris overlooking the game. 

Tamber Bey Sunset Saddle and Sip
Event Type: Off-Property Activity
Location: Barkers Beach
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tamber Bey Winery owners, Barry and Jennifer Waite, are known for both their love of wine and love of horses. With over 45 horses, including 25 rescues, they reside on Tamber Bey Vineyard property owning a stunning selection of award-winning wines from three regions of California. Embark on a journey on horseback through the orange glazed skies as you sip on the elegant finished wines with exquisite fruity notes from Tamber Bey with International Endurance riders Barry and Jennifer.

Moet & Chandon Pink Dinner, bewitching Bouquet of Rosé
Event Type: Plated Dinner
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Great Lawn

Cayman Cookout and Moët & Chandon pop their cork off once again with a rosy glow featuring their most spontaneous and radiant product – Rosé Imperial – at the most stylish and unforgettable five-course dinner prepared by some of the most renowned celebrity chefs in the world, This blushing dinner will be paired with the exclusive and tantalizing Moët Rosé champagne selections, from the iconic Moët Imperial Rosé to a selection of fine rosé vintages. Featuring Italian Chef Marco Fadiga, the culinary Ambassador and Executive Chef of Moët & Chandon, prepare to dine under the stars in your favorite pink attire. 

It’s All About Truffle dinner by Chef Thomas Seifried presented by Sabatino Tartufi and Gourmet Foods International
Event Type: Dinner
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Savor the exquisite taste of one of nature’s most delectable delicacies with an evening dedicated to truffles as Executive Chef of Blue By Eric Ripert, Thomas Seifried takes us through a six-course truffle dinner. During this gastronomic event, we will explore and discover the many ways we can associate truffles in our culinary journey. Paired with delectable wines, this is a dinner experience that can’t be missed.

Rosé it Out presented by Moët & Chandon and The Ritz-Carlton Credit Card
Event Type: After Glow
Location: Harbor Club Pool
Time: 9:30 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Be amazed as the Harbour Club pool transforms into a sophisticated and whimsical oasis with enchanting pops of pink and blushing shades of Rosé. Follow your heart to our after party featuring a DJ under the stars as you sip on Moët & Chandon and a selection of handcrafted Belvedere vodka cocktails. With glamour and mystique galore, the night is only getting started!

Master Bites with Chef Rainer
Event Type: Culinary Demonstration
Location: North Beach Pavilion
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

Chef Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President and Corporate Chef at Marriott International Luxury Brands, has traveled globally over the past two decades in his capacity of Master Chef. Struck by the similarities of food and eating habits across borders, cultures and cuisines, he 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 Chef Competition Brunch hosted by The TODAY Show’s Al Roker presented by Kirk Market and Barilla
Event Type: Signature
Location: The Royal Cayman Islands Ballroom
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Hosted by The TODAY Show’s Al Roker and Bon Vivant’s Cynthia Hew, indulge in endless Moët & Chandon champagne and extravagant brunch selections. The dazzling selections will be the perfect complement as Grand Cayman’s most talented chefs duel in a live cook-off at the Cayman Islands Royal Ballroom. The chef finalists will face-off during Sunday brunch and celebrity chef judges Eric Ripert, Andrew Zimmern, Emeril Lagasse, and world class mixologist Charles Joly, will determine the winner. Savory bites, sweet delights, flowing bubbles, mixing and mingling with the top experts in food and wine – what a 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

After brunch, discover the pinnacle of the Caribbean with an exhilarating rum tasting. From locally produced to world renowned, indulge your senses as you enjoy cigars from Cayman Cigars Company and coffee with live Son Cubano at the Harbour Club. Sip on cocktails inspired by the island’s vibrant colors and flavors as you toast to the good life in Cayman. Event host and Global Rum ambassador Ian Burrell will be taking you on a tour of some of the best rums in the world, such as Wray & Nephew, Ron Abuelo, Flor De Caña, Diplomatico, Bacardi, Seven Fathoms, Tortuga and Ron Zacapa.

Ripert and Petanque presented by Domaine OTT
Event Type: Activities and Demonstration
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Andiamo Beach

Join Chef Eric Ripert and friends for a fun Petanque encounter among celebrity chefs. Now a signature event for a fourth consecutive year, it will definitely be an unforgettable experience with some friendly competition. Join one of the incredible teams and may the best team win. (Terms and Conditions apply).

The Grand Gala presented by Fortessa and Garnier-Thiebaut
Event Type: Signature
Time: Reception 6:30 p.m. / Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Location: Blue by Eric Ripert

Conclude this lively celebration of food and beverage with an elegant and delightful plated dinner at Blue by Eric Ripert. Join host Andrew Zimmern while Eric Ripert, Dominique Crenn, Daniel Boulud, Pano I. Karatassos, Normand Laprise, Niki Nakayama, Clare Smyth, Thomas Raquel and Thomas Seifried come together to prepare an enchanting dinner that will be the highlight of your Cayman Cookout experience. Course after course, culinary delights will surprise and mesmerize you as they are paired to perfection with wine from world-class producers.

The Jacques Scott Wine Fair & Auction proceeds to benefit the Cayman Islands Cancer Society,

The Ritz-Carlton Culinary Scholarship and World Central Kitchen.

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