Seven from central region reach

Monday, October 08, 2018

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BLACK RIVER, St Elizabeth — Seven pan chicken men and women representing the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St Elizabeth have advanced to the Grand Final of PAN 2018, hosted by CB Foods. The winners (first and second place from each parish) and a wild card pick were revealed at PAN Regional 2, held at Independence Park, Black River, on Saturday September 29.

According to a news release, Regional 2 saw 31 competitors vying for cash prizes and gift packages. The first-place winner from each parish won $40,000, while the second-place winner walked away with $20,000.

Both first-and second-place winners and a wild card have advanced to the PAN Grand Final scheduled for October 28 at National Stadium in Kingston.

All competitors are given one tub of Walkerswood Jerk Seasoning and two complimentary cases of CB Chicken, which they can sell, with all sales being theirs to keep. They also receive a jerk pan, cutting board, meat chopper and a fork.

Manchester representative Omar Blake finished in first place for the parish. The Mayday District resident said he entered PAN 2018 after receiving encouragement from a past PAN winner.

Second-place winner for Manchester was Bombay District resident Winsome Nelson, while Brittania Lewis from Wales District, Newport, Manchester, was selected as the wild card pick.

Lesma Huie from Clarendon finished third in the Miracle 'Lick Di Spot' Sauce competition. The Palmers Cross resident was resilient in her bid to snatch one of the top two spots, and finished in first place for her parish.

“My son-in-law, my son, and my husband all entered and won, so why not the teacher who taught them how to jerk?” said Huie.

Race Track, Denbigh resident Abner Mellad was named first-place winner in the Miracle 'Lick Di Spot' Sauce competition. He also finished in second place for Clarendon.

St Elizabeth's Rohan Wright emerged as first-place winner for the parish, while recent Lacovia High graduate Jevarney Abraham, who resides in Santa Cruz, finished in second place.

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