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Slow food went down a treat

 

  • Abacus guest chef Clare Smyth
  • Anita Zagorski with Paige and Brooke Bernstein enjoying gelato
  • Anna Wootton and Noel O'Connell enjoying the Slow Food Day
  • Anthony Lawson looking forward to his food from Karoo
  • Britta Bush and Ally Manning from Saucha
  • Chef Nod Payumo from Vivo
  • Chef Thomas Seifried at The Ritz-Carlton's Blue by Eric Ripert
  • Christina Pantelidis at Cayman Cabana
  • Davine Watson receives her tasty dish from Brooklyn Pasta and Pizza
  • Erica Williams and Edmar Aldas serving up carrot cake at Cayman Cabana
  • Hands up who enjoyed Slow Food Day! Ada Kizilbayir did
  • Jaco Smit is served up a delicious morsel from Bay Market
  • Michal Segal at the Bay Market stand
  • School of Hospitality Studies students Louvane Douglas, Natina Bush, Whitney Isaacs and Henricho Swaby
  • Slow Food Day at Camana Bay. Credit: Lindsey Turnbull
  • Suzanna Howden enjoys a tasty bite from Smokies
  • Tanya Foster demonstrates how to cook lionfish

By Lindsey Turnbull
Cayman enjoyed a day of delicious locally produced food all served up with style by Cayman’s chefs at the sixth annual Slow Food Day, held at Camana Bay last Saturday, April 8.

A day geared up to showcasing the diversity and quality of Cayman’s local produce, Slow Food Day kicked off at 10 a.m. with stands and booths lining Camana Bay’s waterfront Crescent, each one housing chefs from local restaurants who dished up tasty morsels of their cuisine for the public to try for free. All dishes were based upon local produce so visitors could really appreciate all that Cayman’s farmers and producers had to offer.

Among the many gorgeous foodie offerings available, Cayman Cabana had a fresh and zingy bruschetta topped with enticing locally grown tomatoes, with a Cayman carrot cake to follow, the Westin’s chefs produced an amazing curried goat, while Gelato & Co offered two types of their signature, dairy free, fruit-filled sorbets – papaya and guava.

This was an ideal family day out, with people setting up picnic rugs on the lawns and children and parents equally enjoying the excellent food available for tasting.

The culinary gears were in full swing later that evening, when guest chef, MBE-awardee and Britain’s only three-Michelin starred female chef Clare Smyth joined forces with Abacus’ own chef Will O’Hara for a brilliant evening that included a five-course display of the freshest locally produced ingredients prepared with ingenuity and flair by the chefs. Chefs Clare and Will were also joined by a brigade from Cayman’s School of Hospitality Studies, each of whom worked incredibly hard to please diners on the night.

On the evening, Smyth, who heads London’s Restaurant Gordon Ramsay as its Chef Patron, was full of praise for the culinary scene in Cayman, confirming that she hadn’t realised the scope of the fresh produce available in Cayman and the quality of the cuisine until she visited.

“Cayman is a really cool place with lots of really cool people. I don’t think people realise just what you have here,” she said. “I haven’t had a bad meal since I came here.”

Talking about the menu she and Chef Will created for the Slow Food Dinner, Smyth said: “The menu tonight came together really quickly in about five minutes, because of all the fresh produce that you have here, which is really captivating. This evening is really all about the local producers. It’s great to see such a great movement in food in such a lovely island. It’s a pleasure to be here.”

About Lindsey Turnbull

Lindsey is a regular contributor to The Cayman Reporter. She originally started her career in the financial services, but in the late 1990s switched to writing, launching and editing one of Cayman’s longest-standing business publications. During the course of the past 18 years, Lindsey’s articles have appeared in numerous publications. Lindsey reports on a wide range of topics with particular interest in business, the arts, and community focused events.

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