Kaaboo Cayman Announces Full 2019 Chef Lineup Including Michael Mina, Richard Blais, Michelle Berns

United Kingdom 11 October 2018
KAABOO’s signature PALATE Programme extends to the Caribbean with KAABOO Cayman.
KAABOO Cayman, the two-day live music and comedy, culinary, and lifestyle experience, just announced the full PALATE chef and restaurant line-up for the inaugural event. The culinary programming will take place on the PALATE Stage February 15+16, 2019 in Grand Cayman. The 2019 PALATE chef programme will feature Michael Mina (Mina Group; International Smoke, Cal Mare), Richard Blais (Bravo’s Top Chef and San Diego based Juniper & Ivy), Michelle Bernstein (MBC Michelle Bernstein Catering Company), Nina Compton (Compere Lapin, Bywater American Bistro), Cody Bush & Anthony Lawson (Smokin’ Bros BBQ), Dylan Benoit (Prime Kitchen), Josef Felts, Maureen Cubbon (BestLife Culinary, Seed2Plate Programme), and Thomas Tennant (Michael Schwartz’s Fi’lia, Tomfoodery Kitchen).
We are thrilled to be expanding KAABOO to the beautiful island of Grand Cayman this
February,” says Jason Felts, Chief Brand + Marketing Officer, KAABOO, “One of the key
differentiators of KAABOO is our signature PALATE culinary programme. PALATE is thoughtfully curated to combine the very best local fare mixed with some favourites from abroad. This elevated offering aligns nicely with Cayman, which continues to be hailed as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.”
Headlining Chef Michael Mina is an award-winning culinary great, known for bold dining
concepts that have shaped his restaurant empire as world-class epicurean destinations across the country. Mina will be bringing his vision to KAABOO Cayman with participation across the culinary platform, including a presence in PALATE and on the PALATE Stage, and an exclusive AMPLIFY (VIP) experience.
Richard Blais is a successful chef, restaurateur, James Beard nominated cookbook author and television personality. Perhaps most recognisable as a recurring judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and the winner of Top Chef All-Stars, Blais is currently a partner at the popular San Diego eateries Juniper & Ivy and Crack Shack.
Chef Michelle Bernstein has dazzled diners and critics alike with her sublime cuisine and a
personality as bright and vibrant as the Florida sun. A native of Jewish and Latin descent, her food is inspired by her travels and focuses on amazing ingredients, layered flavours and
Winner of the James Beard Award for “Best Chef South” in 2018, Nina Compton is the
Chef/Owner of award-winning restaurant Compère Lapin in New Orleans’ Warehouse District.
Born and raised in St. Lucia, Nina grew up with the flavours and beauty of the Caribbean which she takes inspiration from at her two New Orleans restaurants.
Cody Bush and Anthony Lawson, better known as Smokin’ Bros, have been cooking together for charitable events and competitions for years. As proud Cayman locals, they recently took home the Best Amateur Chef award from the Cayman Cookout judged by top chefs including Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert.
Dylan Benoit is a private chef, traveller and writer based in the Cayman Islands. He curates
bespoke culinary experiences in Cayman and beyond for guests all over the globe. An avid
traveller, Dylan is constantly eating and drinking his way around the world and documenting the adventures for several international publications. Dylan will also be the host of an upcoming show called Fire Masters premiering on Food Network Canada in the spring of 2019.
Texas native Josef Felts started his career at home at the young age of 13 cooking for his family and was later the only male in the Culinary Arts High School programme. He then trained in Los Angeles where he was mentored by icons such as Chef Raphael Lunette (Jiraffe) and Josiah Citrin (Melisse). He still cooks for “family” and aims to create memories and a feeling of celebration through his food.
Chef Maureen Cubbon is a passionate food advocate and culinary entrepreneur. She has called the Cayman Islands home for over 18 years and has sparked the “Cayman Style Food
Revolution” - a way of empowering people, especially children, to become food conscious, and inspiring everyone to get into their kitchens and cook.
Chef Thomas Tennant is known for using local ingredients in an approachable manner. After
heading the kitchen at Michael Schwartz’s Fi’lia in the SLS Baha Mar, in Nassau, Bahamas, he returns to Cayman with his own company, Tomfoodery Kitchen, a concept centred around local ingredients highlighting Caribbean cuisine with global influences.
Joining the PALATE line-up are the seafood centric restaurants Guy Harvey's Bar Crudo, Catch, Agua, Capt. Ceviche, and The Wharf, along with Cayman’s fine dining and artisan
restaurants Grand Old House and The Brasserie. Agave will be joining the programme as well, to bring authentic Mexican flavours to the islands, and Gelato & Co. will have Italian inspired treats for guests to enjoy.
These chefs will be joining the previously announced music and comedy acts, featuring The
Chainsmokers, Duran Duran, Zedd and Jason Derulo, plus comedians Wanda Sykes, David Spade, Jenny Slate, Darrell Hammond and many more.
Passes are currently available at www.kaaboocayman.com :
  • THATCH (General Admission) passes are currently $350 US dollars (£273)
  • SILVER THATCH (VIP) passes are currently at $1143.75 US dollars (£892)
  • Additional VIP packages including ROYAL PALM $3425 US dollars (£2,670) and ULTIMATE HANG $17,500 US dollars (£13,645) are also available.
Prices are set to increase on November 1st, or when the current price tier sells out.
At KAABOO, all guests receive a multifaceted experience with access to: the indoor and seated HUMOUR ME comedy club; an on-site Contemporary Art exhibit in the ARTWORK area plus large-scale outdoor murals and installations on display; PALATE gourmet food and craft libation offerings; the relaxation oasis at INDULGENCES; and the BASK Beach Club. SILVER THATCH (VIP) passes include additional access to AMPLIFY zones which provide premier stage viewing areas, access to the Thursday Night AMPLIFY-only preview party and more.
KAABOO has shifted the festival paradigm and carved out its name among international and
destination events as a lifestyle and live entertainment brand. At KAABOO, all guests receive an immersive, multifaceted and hospitality-driven experience that engages all five senses. At KAABOO multi-day annual events, guests enjoy a world-class music and HUMOUR ME comedy line-up; an on-site Contemporary Art Fair in ARTWORK, plus a display of outdoor murals and installations; PALATE gourmet food and craft libations tastings; a Las Vegas-style day club called BASK, plus spa and relaxation services at INDULGENCES.
KAABOO Del Mar, KAABOO’s flagship event, is conveniently located at the Del Mar Racetrack and is celebrated as San Diego, CA’s largest multi-day major music and entertainment festival. The 2018 event took place from September 14-16 and marked the festival’s first complete sell out. KAABOO Del Mar was nominated for Pollstar Magazine’s “2017 Music Festival of the Year” in only its third year. For more information, or to purchase passes, visit
KAABOO is proud to expand its brand in 2019 with two brand new events. On February 15+16, 2019, KAABOO Cayman will host its inaugural event with all of the same elements that have made KAABOO Del Mar an international success. Overlooking the world famous Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman, KAABOO Cayman hosts KAABOO’s elevated live entertainment lifestyle brand in paradise. For more information, visit www.kaaboocayman.com
KAABOO will also celebrate the launch of KAABOO Texas on May 10-12, 2019. The event, in partnership with the Jerry Jones family, will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Featuring all of the same elements that have made KAABOO Del Mar an international success, with the amenities and high-energy found at the home of the world-famous NFL Dallas Cowboys, KAABOO Texas will bring KAABOO’s elevated live entertainment lifestyle brand to the Lone Star State. For more information, visit www.kaabootexas.com .
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