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Norman Love among celebrity chefs invited to the 2015 Cayman Cookout

Cayman Cookout chefs: (left to right): Adam Handling, Lynn Crawford, Sean Brock, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Daniel Boulud, Sven Everfield, Michael White and Norman Love on Seven Mile Beach. Not pictured is Marcus Samuelsson.

Cayman Cookout chefs: (left to right): Adam Handling, Lynn Crawford, Sean Brock, Anthony Bourdain, Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Daniel Boulud, Sven Everfield, Michael White and Norman Love on Seven Mile Beach. Not pictured is Marcus Samuelsson.

The culinary stars aligned in deliciously perfect harmony as Norman Love, Eric Ripert, Anthony Bourdain, Daniel Boulud and other celebrity chefs came together for the seventh annual Cayman Cookout.

The gourmet event, which took place Jan. 15-18 on Grand Cayman, featured extraordinary cuisine prepared by some of the world’s top chefs, along with demonstrations, excursions, tastings and other food-focused fun.

Love brought his acclaimed handcrafted chocolates to serve and conducted a cooking class for an enthusiastic gathering of guests at the event, which took place on the western Caribbean island. His son, Ryan, who studied at the French Pastry School in Chicago, assisted him as sous chef.

“It’s such an honor to be invited to this prestigious event,” says Love. “It’s also inspiring. Being among such talented chefs always gives my creative juices a boost.”

The lineup was impressive indeed. Heading it up was Chef Eric Ripert of renowned restaurants Blue by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Le Bernardin in New York. Chef-turned-TV-stars Anthony Bourdain (“No Reservations”) and Lynn Crawford (“Restaurant Makeover”), and British Chef of the Year and MasterChef finalist Adam Handling took part as well. French chef Daniel Boulud; Charleston, South Carolina chef Sean Brock and Italian chef Michael White were also among the featured culinary luminaries. Famed mixologist Charles Joly brought his creativity to the cocktails.

Cayman Cookout crew: The world’s top chefs gathered on Grand Cayman in mid-January for the Cayman Cookout, a celebration of food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean.

Cayman Cookout crew: The world’s top chefs gathered on Grand Cayman in mid-January for the Cayman Cookout, a celebration of food, wine and the natural beauty of the Caribbean.

Guests at the four-day extravaganza enjoyed a lavish barbecue at Tiki Beach; an extravagant lunch hosted by Handling and Gov. Helen Kilpatrick at Blue by Eric Ripert; a beach bash to which guests sailed by catamaran; a Grand Cayman dine around; and a champagne brunch and cook-off followed by an artisan market.

The Loves participated in three events. They created an outdoor chocolate shop on the beach for the Barefoot BBQ with food stations staffed by local chefs, Ritz-Carlton chefs from around the U.S. and the celebrity chefs. On Saturday, they conducted a chocolate demonstration, and they provided desserts for the Sunday evening gala, which included a seven-course dinner prepared for 120 people by the celebrity chefs. Gala tickets were $725 per person.

“It was a truly memorable event,” said Love. “I hope the guests had as much fun as the chefs.”

Event partners were Cayman Island Department of Tourism, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, and Food & Wine magazine.

Norman Love Confections creates and distributes handcrafted artisanal chocolates from the Fort Myers corporate headquarters, which encompasses both production and retail operations. The chocolatier has been lauded more than a dozen times by a leading consumer ratings magazine, including recognition six times for producing the best ultra-premium chocolates in the nation.

Daniel Boulud_Norman Love_Eric Ripert: Norman Love (center) in the kitchen with Daniel Boulud, The Culinary Institute of America 2011 Chef of the Year (left), and Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin and host of the 2015 Cayman Cookout.

Daniel Boulud_Norman Love_Eric Ripert: Norman Love (center) in the kitchen with Daniel Boulud, The Culinary Institute of America 2011 Chef of the Year (left), and Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of the New York restaurant Le Bernardin and host of the 2015 Cayman Cookout.

The Fort Myers, Estero and Naples chocolate salons are stylish retail shops with an intimate ambience in which customers may purchase chocolates or linger over house-made pastries, gourmet coffees, lattes and smoothies.

The Fort Myers Chocolate Salon, at 11380 Lindbergh Blvd., is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Miromar Outlets Salon, at Ben Hill Griffin Parkway and Corkscrew Road, which also serves gelato, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The Naples Chocolate Salon, which also serves gelato at 3747 Tamiami Trail N. in Parkshore Centre, is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, at 11300 Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 112, off Daniels Parkway in Fort Myers, east of I-75, is open 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Ryan Love and Norman Love at Cayman Cookout 2015

Ryan Love and Norman Love at Cayman Cookout 2015

For more information, visit www.normanloveconfections.com.

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