Judges for the first Young Chef Young Waiter Cayman Islands attended a pre-launch on the 15 May at the WaterColours followed by the official launch on 17 May at the Wharf. The sensational pre-launch dinner featured a multi-course menu celebrating fresh, local cuisine.
Both events included a guest list of honoured guests, partners and sponsors with World YCYW Chairman Robert Walton MBE, Managing Director Sean Valentine FIH and Michelin star chef and Head Chef Judge of YCYW England Adam Handling in attendance.
The pre-launch menu featured vibrant, mouth-watering delicacies such as conch fritters with a spicy aioli dip, jerk pork crostini with cranberry marmalade, braised oxtail crostini with red onion compote, moringa flowers, parmesan crisp, a fresh catch ceviche spoon, tuna tartare spoon with avocado, soy sauce, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds, callaloo and goat’s cheese tart with pepper jelly and edible flowers, a pumpkin bisque shooter topped with chives and finished with a mango mousse served in mini tart shells and toasted coconuts.
The Young Chef Young Waiter Cayman Islands competition is open to chefs and waiters who are local Caymanians who are under 26 years old from any background working in the hospitality industry.
The competition will focus on sustainability in hospitality plus support the education and development of home grown talent. Young Chef Young Waiter Cayman Islands is supported by The Watermark, Grand Old House and The Wharf, Tillies and Palm Heights Grand Cayman BWI, Ogier and the Cayman Island Government.
The Young Chef Young Waiter competition was established in 1979 in the UK and is organised by The Nth Degree Global in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association, to promote hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation.
World Young Chef Young Waiter was launched in 2022 to extend the competition around the globe with a World Final scheduled for November 2022 in Monaco with guest of honour His Royal Highness Prince of Monaco
Judges include the most respected chefs and front of house staff in the Cayman Islands including Chef Jake Brodski of Tillies, Chef Takumi Murase of Yashinoki, Frederic Morineau Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, Francesco Cappucci GM of Tillies, Chef Vidyadhara Shetty of Blue Cilantro, Walter Fajette of Agua Hospitality Group, Chrisitan Reiter Executive Chef of The Wharf Restaurant Grand Cayman and Luciano De Riso, Head of Operations and Wine Director for Grand Old House and The Wharf.
• Entries open online for YCYW Cayman Islands at youngchefyoungwaiter.com on 17 May 2022 and will close on 17 August where a short-list will be selected.
• Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 26 years old or under and from the Cayman Islands.
• Entrants can take part if they’re currently employed in the role of Chef or Waiter and have been employed for 3 years or more in the hospitality profession.
• The winners will be announced after taking part in a two-day live final in September
• The World Young Chef Young Waiter Final is scheduled for 16 November 2022.18th July 2022