September 24, 2020

Chef Eric Ripert’s 8 favorite Cayman Islands hot spots


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Eric-at-CookoutBy Maridel Reyes From Forbes
Each winter, Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of Le Bernardin, has a tropical tradition: He jets to the islands to host the annual Cayman Cookout, along with friends like Daniel Boulud, Anthony Bourdain and José Andrés. Why does he keep coming back to the Cayman Islands?
“The obvious answer is the weather and the temperature of the water,” he says. “It’s also a very laid back, small island that has a lot of beauty and fun to offer.”
As this year’s festival wrapped, we asked Ripert to reveal where he likes to eat, play and stay in the Cayman Islands.
Where to Eat
Eric-on-Seven-Mile-Beach-1293x1940Stingray-City-1940x1274“I’m biased! My favorite spot is Blue by Eric Ripert in the Ritz Carlton. Some other spots I enjoy are Ortanqiue, Michael’s Genuine, The Brasserie, and Calypso Grill—the date pudding is unmatchable! All of these spots are unique and offer a distinct experience; however, I like each one because they all highlight the natural beauty of the atmosphere.”
Where to Stay Eric at Cookout“It’s no surprise that the Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman is my favorite hotel. Nothing compares to the experience the Ritz offers. They make you feel pampered and relaxed from the minute you arrive to the minute you leave.”
Where to Play
“I love to go to Stingray City. It’s an amazing privilege to be able swim with the stingrays in open water. They are very friendly animals. I also have my own tradition of smoking a cigar on Seven Mile Beach, one of the most beautiful and pristine beaches in the world.”
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