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Teen among 8 north-east residents for Pan 2018 grand final

Monday, September 03, 2018

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EIGHT pan chicken men and women representing the parishes of St Thomas, St Ann, St Mary and Portland, have advanced to the grand final of PAN 2018, hosted by CB Foods.

The winners — first and second place from each parish — were revealed at PAN Regional one at Folly Oval, Portland two Saturdays ago.

More than a fun filled day with food and entertainment, at its core, PAN is about entrepreneurship and community development. The event highlights the efforts of the men and women behind the pans, and their contribution to Jamaica.

What began in 2005 as a small fun day, has blossomed into a must do on the national events calendar and continues to reach thousands.

Regional one saw 33 competitors competing for gift packages from sponsors, and cash prizes. The first-place winner from each parish won $40,000 cash, while the second-place winner walked away with $20,000 cash. Both first and second place winners will advance to the Grand Finals scheduled for October 28 at the National Stadium in Kingston.

David Watson, who won first place for Portland, was ecstatic about his win.

“A lady from Buff Bay encouraged me to enter and I am glad I took her advice. I feel proud, although I did not enter to lose. I had it in mind to win,” said Watson.

Patricia Banton from Rural Hill District, Portland, who failed to secure a place among the finalists last year, took a leap of faith and went back to the drawing board. She re-entered and finished in second.

Cordolyn McLaughlin from Rowlandsfield District in St Thomas is the first place winner for her parish. It was her first time entering.

“I entered to enhance my talent because I love to cook and jerk chicken. I love to know that people are satisfied with the meal that I have prepared because that is a big motivation for me,” said McLaughlin.

“I feel good about winning; honestly I didn't have any doubts,” she added.

Asked what made her pan chicken stand out, she said her chicken is prepared with love. “I massage the seasoning into the chicken to ensure it has that lasting taste.”

Delroy Graham from Trinityville in the parish finished in second place.

Faith's Pen resident Jerome Barrett has been in the pan chicken business since 2006. This was his first time entering the competition and he emerged first place winner for St Ann.

“I was confident about winning. Over the years, anywhere I go and jerk chicken, it is always the best,” said Barrett.

Eighteen-year-old Jahmuki Barnes, also from Faith's Pen, jumped in the air and yelled 'Yes, Yes,' when he was announced second place winner.

“I didn't expect to come second. I was so excited and I couldn't believe it when they called my name,” said the Ewarton High Career Advancement Program student.

Kareen Johnson, an executive chef from St Mary, reworked her formula to emerge first place winner for the parish. She placed second last year.

“I feel [marvellous]. Nice! The ting tun up,” she said when asked how she felt about winning.

Hopewell, Highgate resident Nordie Bryan, who has been preparing pan chicken for the past 25 years, finished in second place.

Three residents from the north-eastern parishes were announced as the top three winners in the Miracle Lick Di Spot Sauce competition. They are Davia Douglas (Portland – 1st place); Marilyn Blake (St Mary – 2nd place); and Andrew McNeil (St Ann – 3rd place).

Douglas' mother, Carole Maxwell, won first place for Portland at PAN 2017 Regional two.

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