The Cayman Cookout hosts top chefs in paradise

Lynn Crawford

The Caribbean is heating up this January as the Cayman Cookout returns to The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman January 15-18, 2015. This year, Toronto native chef Lynn Crawford, has been selected to represent Canada at what is arguably the Caribbean’s hottest culinary event. Crawford, the chef-owner of Ruby Watchco, is the first female Canadian chef to be invited to participate at Cayman Cookout – she was also the first female Canadian invited to participate in Food Network’s Iron Chef America.

 Hosted by Michelin-star chef Eric Ripert, the seventh annual Cayman Cookout brings world-famous chefs and sommeliers together with food lovers in a celebration of cuisine and culture. Crawford will join fellow chefs José Andrés, Daniel Boulud, Sean Brock, Sven Elverfeld, Norman Love, Marcus Samuelsson and Michael White along with Anthony Bourdain in a weekend of food tastings, cooking demonstrations and island tours.

“I look forward to sharpening my knife and cooking alongside my fellow chefs on the white sands of the ‘culinary capital of the Caribbean’,” said Crawford upon receiving the invitation from Eric Ripert. “I want to showcase my take on Canadian cuisine with the fresh ingredients the Cayman Islands has to offer.”

Previous Canadians chef who have participated in Cayman Cookout include Susur Lee, Paul Rogalski, Dale MacKay and Martin Picard. Cayman Cookout takes place at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman on Seven Mile Beach

“Chef Lynn Crawford is known for the passion she brings to her cooking and we are thrilled she has been selected to represent Canada at Cayman Cookout,” said Paul Minich, country manager for the Cayman Islands in Canada. “This year’s event promises to be unforgettable, with four days of sumptuous epicurean experiences for foodies to savour.”

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