Taste of Cayman 2012
Over the past two months, I’ve gotten to do, see and eat some pretty cool (or hot) things. I OD-ed on delicious food made especially for me at nine different participating restaurants. I hung out with talented local chefs who graciously shared their recipes with me. These experiences were all shared here on The Deep Dish as I partnered with the Cayman Islands Tourism Association in the lead up to this year’s premiere culinary event: Taste of Cayman.
It was a record-breaking year, as the 24th Annual Taste of Cayman welcomed more than 5,000 guests who used 50,000+ food and drink tickets to sample delicious dishes and tasty cocktails.
|Delicious dish from Kirk’s, Fish Tea, Seared Tuna, Conch and Crocodile Fritters
Besides giving restaurants an opportunity to treat event goers to some awesome eats, ToC participants were also given the opportunity to compete for top honors.
The Best Booth award went to Cimboco/Chicken!Chicken!/Breezes by the Bay. For just one ticket, you got a plate overloaded with food like jerk chicken, conch chowder and rum raisin pudding.
This year’s ‘Best Food’ winner should look familiar…its Chef Jordon’s glorious pumpkin ravioli! As part of my Taste of Cayman series, the Periwinkle Chef shared the recipe for this number one dish with me (and you) here.
Fellow Deep Dish featured Chef, Thomas from Michael’s Genuine Grand Cayman, can now boast that his kitchen took home top honors for ‘Best Dessert’ with their Lemon Meringue.
‘Best Drink’ was won by Seven Fathoms who’s Rum Swanky was definitely a great way to get the party started 🙂 I especially liked the presentation with the coconut!
The event was a resounding success and I want to thank the folks at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association for letting me in on the action by hooking me up with tastings, demonstrations and some fantastic giveaway items for The Deep Dish. The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism paid for the shipping costs for the giveaways so they deserve a huge thanks as well! Finally, I’d like to thank all of you who joined me for what has turned out to be an incredibly successful series. I hope you had a fun time and maybe, just maybe, I’ve encouraged you to start saving so you hit up Taste of Cayman 2013 with me in person next year!