Life on the Cayman Islands - In words and recipes

Executive Chef Keith Griffin’s life in the Kitchens of the Caymans


Today the Cayman Islands loom large as a holiday destination. Long beaches of white sand, glorious accommodations, and an impressive array of restaurants cater to a broad cross section of travelers seeking out relaxation and a slower pace of life, if only for a few days. Not surprisingly, many people make the move to these island destination with that same thought in mind, a slower life and a place to enjoy while living. The truth of the matter is that doing a great job and what one does requires a devotion that often interferes with these best intentions, case in point Chef Keith Griffin .
With over 30 years in the Hospitality Industry, Executive Chef Keith Griffin is one of Cayman’s most renowned chefs. As the Past President of Cayman Culinary Society and Director of the Caribbean Culinary Federation, Keith is the Manager of the Cayman Islands National Culinary Team. He is certified as a Culinary Judge for International Competition and Vice Consular Culinaire of the Chaine des Rotisseures (Cayman). After ten successful years as a popular local Restaurateur, Keith is now focusing on teaching, cooking demonstrations and Personal Chef Services. 

After being introduced to Chef Keith at Snooth’s People Voice Awards Grand Tasting, where he worked in tandem with Chef Vidyadhara Shetty preparing a lovely seared salmon in coconut foam topped with a mango slaw to the appreciation of all in attendance, I recently was able to catch up with Chef to ask him a few questions about life on the islands, and the people he currently is cooking for. With a successful professional Chef service, Chef Keith is now catering to regular customer and returning visitors to the islands, though his services are not reserved for the rich and famous. next time you are sitting back on island time somewhere, say somewhere like the Cayman islands for example, ask yourself if another restaurant meal is really what you want. You just might find that your answer is no, and you might be even more surprised to find out that having a professional chef come to you is often only a little more than the complete night out, and you don’t even have to put on your shoes, though the Chef would appreciate it if you could find your pants!

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