Once again I had the opportunity to attend yet another amazing Ritz-Carlton event with my husband, Xavier. As I have mentioned before in previous posts (and most of you already know), my husband was the Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay situated along the magnificent California Pacific coast. Xavier had been with the Ritz-Carlton for over 26 years and frequently participated in culinary events world-wide throughout the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company.
The latest event was in January at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This year was the 10 year anniversary and was full of extra special events and activities. It really is “THE” culinary event of the year!!
Held over four days in January, acclaimed Chef Eric Ripert hosts an unique, interactive culinary celebration with some of the country’s most talented chefs, along with wine and spirit experts. This years’s event was packed full of extravagant tastings, demonstrations, beach and pool parties and cook-offs.
What is great about this event is that you are one-on-one with all these amazing Chefs. They are so approachable and interact with everyone in a relaxed and casual environment (they even offer some great tips!)
Some of this year’s fantastic Chef lineup (besides host Chef Eric Ripert) were – Yannick Alléno (from Paris!!), Daniel Boulud, Dominique Crenn, José Andrés, Emeril Lagasse, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Mina, and Dean Max….(there are just too many to name!). These Chef’s offered classes and demonstrations, as well as participated in all the group events with delicious food stations or plated meals.
Here are some of my favorite highlights of this years event. I have to admit there were a lot of great moments!
Speaking of Moments…….One of the many fantastic sponsors was Moët & Chandon creating many “Moët Moments” throughout the cookout weekend. We were so spoiled with champagne the entire time and I loved every second of it!
Now this is what I call a Moët Moment! It doesn’t get much better than this…..except for…..
Maybe THIS – The Moët Grand Vintage Tasting!
Here Moët & Chandon presented their “Grand Vintage “ collection of single vintage champagnes dating back to the 1980s. What a rare and special treat to get to taste these, especially since they were perfectly paired with small bites presented by Chef Yannick Alleno, the 3 Michelin star chef from Ledoyen Paris
Another favorite moment was the Beach Bash at Rum Point which was just a short catamaran sail across the stunning turquoise Caribbean waters. Such fun in the sun with more great food prepared by all the guest chefs, and of course more Moët & Chandon!!! Below is Xavier’s station and the dish that he and his team prepared.
Fiscalini Cheddar Beignets, Porcini Salt – Sooooo light and airy and SO Good!
Xavier at his station…..
What a great setting for a beach bash!
Of course we needed to support our chefs and test their dishes!
Ending the event in Moët style was the gala pool party – I do a lot of events for my job, so it was really nice to be a guest, and not have to check on all the details. Look at this dance floor over the pool! Trust me it got used!
If you are into food, wine and champagne I strongly recommend attending this event if given the chance. Of course Xavier was working, but we had a blast and hope to have the chance to return again for more Cayman fun! Here is the website to this years event to see all the fabulous events “cayman”
If this gives any indication of how much fun the Cayman Cookout is – we ended on this note……..