The Cayman Islands is widely known for a range of qualities from its financial expertise to beautiful white beaches and turquoise waters, but few are aware or appreciate its culinary diversity and strength, with the islands playing host to Michelin-starred chefs as part of an ongoing programme.
First to visit was critically acclaimed chef, Clare Smyth, who headed to the islands to get some inspiration ahead of her first restaurant opening, set to open its doors in London this August. The 10-day culinary extravaganza started with a four-course delectable dinner in the Presidential Suite at The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, moving onto a farm-to-table feast at Abacus at Camana Bay working with local farmers and chefs to create a uniquely Caymanian fare.
Chef Clare’s visit was the first in a wider initiative put in place by newly appointed Representative for the Cayman Islands Government here in the UK, Mr Eric Bush, working in collaboration with Dart Real Estate which is proudly headquartered in Grand Cayman. Caymanian cuisine is known for reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the islands and as such, the team in the UK is busy lining up other critically acclaimed chefs and partners to share the wealth of talent and offering that exists.
Mr Eric Bush, Representative for the Cayman Islands Government commented, “As the representative for Cayman here in the UK, it is important for us to showcase what the islands have to offer outside of what we are already known for. We are working closely with Clare to translate her Cayman experience into one for the British public to enjoy. Our culinary offering is fantastic and one that has already received great feedback. The hope of work with such acclaimed chefs is that we inspire and broaden opinions of Caymanian food with the hope of one day creating a twin pop-up between the islands and the UK. Working with key partners such as Dart Real Estate, this will be an ongoing programme and we are currently in discussions with our next chef and hope to announce further details shortly.”
Jackie Doak, President of Dart Real Estate added, “The Chef Clare Takes Cayman pop up series epitomises the culinary experience visitors to Grand Cayman can expect: dining on par with leading restaurants in world capitals presented in the Caribbean landscape. Chef Clare showcased Cayman’s local produce and talent through extraordinary experiences at Kimpton Seafire and Camana Bay, and we are thrilled to see Grand Cayman’s culinary profile being elevated in the UK as a result.”