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All-Star Chef Lineup For The 16th Annual Cayman Cookout 2025

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, in collaboration with Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin fame and the resort’s acclaimed restaurant, Blue, is thrilled to unveil the highly anticipated chef lineup for the 16th annual Ritz-Carlton, Cayman Cookout, scheduled from January 15 – 20, 2025.

This premier event celebrates international and Caribbean cuisine, featuring renowned chefs such as José Andrés, Andrew Zimmern, Kristen Kish, Daniel Boulud and Emeril Lagasse. The lineup also includes new culinary talents such as Jorge Vallejo, Ronaldo Hsu, Claude Le Tohic, and Gonzo Jimenez as well as award-winning Afro-Boricua mixologist, LP O’Brien, founder of LP Drinks.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman Reveals An All-Star Chef Lineup For The 16th Annual Cayman Cookout

Next year’s headlining chef and beverage lineup includes (with *indicating new talent for 2025):

  •  Eric Ripert
  • José Andrés
  • Andrew Zimmern
  • Kristen Kish
  • Daniel Boulud
  • Emeril Lagasse
  • EJ Lagasse
  • Stephanie Izard
  • *Jorge Vallejo
  • *Mawa McQueen
  • *Ronald Hsu
  • *Claude Le Thoic
  • *Gonzo Jimenez
  • Aldo Sohm
  • Charles Joly
  • Michael Kennedy
  • TJ Vong
  • *Lauren O’Brien
  • *Madeline Puckette
  • *Tony Abou-Ganim

Throughout the week, attendees will have the opportunity to broaden their culinary horizons, learning about international cuisine from some of the world’s most renowned chefs. Guests can revel in the stunning ocean views and relaxed luxury ambiance of Grand Cayman while participating in captivating cooking demonstrations. For wine and spirits aficionados, the annual event features a robust lineup of sommeliers, beverage experts, and the world’s top producers of wine and spirits, offering tastings and masterclasses that dive into the nuances of fine beverages from around the globe. Beyond immersive workshops and intimate dining experiences, foodies can test their skills alongside chefs during playful Pickleball and Petanqué matches or embark on an adventurous Lionfish Cull outing with Chef José Andrés. The event boasts a comprehensive program featuring cooking demonstrations, one-of-a-kind gourmet experiences, beverage tastings, intimate chef-hosted lunches, poolside cocktails, and cherished signature events.

Those interested in participating in the event can book the hotel’s “Cayman Cookout” package, starting at $2,400 per night for two guests with a five-night minimum stay required. The exclusive Ritz-Carlton, Cayman Cookout package features premium accommodations, access to signature experiences and roundtrip airport transfers. Guests will also enjoy priority seating at cooking demonstrations, exclusive meet-and-greet opportunities with world-renowned chefs, and special gourmet amenities delivered to their rooms daily.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman provides many meticulously curated amenities, enhancing a highly personalized guest experience. Newly renovated in 2021, this luxurious resort spans 144 acres of pristine beauty, from the shimmering waters of the North Sound to the iconic white sands of Seven Mile Beach. As a prestigious Forbes Five-Star Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman boasts 369 exquisitely appointed rooms, each crafted by the renowned Champalimaud Design, ensuring an unparalleled level of comfort and elegance for all guests.

Individual ticket sales for The Ritz-Carlton, Cayman Cookout 2025 will be available for purchase on the festival’s website. For further information and bookings, please visit

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