This year marks a decade since Anthony Bourdain first came to Montreal and, crucially, to Au Pied de Cochon. The ripple effect of that momentous visit is now the stuff of local legend; you will not find a more ardent champion of Montreal and Martin Picard than Bourdain. From No Reservations, Layover and Parts Unknown to the inaugural My Last Supper book by Melanie Dunea and foreword to Au Pied de Cochon: The Album, the Kitchen Confidential author and pioneer of new Québécois cuisine have forged an unlikely soul brotherhood.
It will come as no surprise, then, to see Picard on a Grand Cayman Island beach with Bourdain and the likes of Eric Ripert, José Andrés, Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless, Daniel Boulud, Daniel Humm and Jacques Torres. The Au Pied de Cochon man is in the Caribbean for Ripert's Cayman Cookout, which runs from January 16 to 19.
Picard will take part in a number of events for the posh culinary festival. A "Wild Chef" demo, for one, as well as a sold out "once-in-a-lifetime" gala dinner with Ripert, Andrés, Bastianich, Bayless, Boulud, Humm and Torres.