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Pan Chicken to sizzle in Black River on Aug 27

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Comedian and emcee Dufton Shepherd gets ready to bite into his favourite jerk.
Delicious jerked chicken being prepared.
Richard Pandohie, CEO Of the Seprod Group, bites into some jerked chicken at the recent launch of PAN 2016.
Camita Munroe (right), the 2015 Pan Chicken champion, receives a prize from Alicia Bogues, CB Foods brand manager.
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FOR THE first time in its 11-year history, PAN, formerly known as the CB Pan Chicken Championship, will invade Black River, St Elizabeth.

On Saturday, August 27, at Independence Park, 30 competitors representing the parishes of Hanover, St Elizabeth, Clarendon, Manchester, St James, and Westmoreland will battle for pan chicken supremacy at PAN 2016 - Regional 1.

The culinary extravaganza will see PAN chefs compete in a live 60-minute cook-off. A winner and runner-up, will be chosen from each parish to the Grand Final on October 30.

Parish winners will each receive $40,000 cash and gifts from sponsors, while the runners-up will receive $20,000 cash, and other prizes.

"PAN is so much more than an amazing foodie event. It's about generating increased economic activity and bolstering small business and entrepreneurship. We've seen first-hand what PAN can do and it's only right that more communities can benefit from the PAN experience," explained Alicia Bogues, brand manager, CB Foods.

Regional 1 of Pan 2016 is a family-oriented event. Not only will succulent and specially priced pan chicken be available to patrons throughout the day, but there will also be a wide variety of entertainment and a kiddies' village, featuring numerous games and rides, courtesy of Monster Milk.

Entertainment on the main stage will feature exciting performances from the likes of Busy Signal, Dong Dong, and gospel sensation Kevin Downswell.

"Entertainment is an important part of our events. A few years ago, we decided to incorporate a variety of performers so that there was really something for everyone," states Bogues.

Comedian Dufton Shepherd and disc jockey Badda Bling will guide the day's proceedings.

All competitors are vetted and selected through the Social Development Commission.

Participants in Regional 1 of PAN 2016 are:

 

Manchester

 

Ruhcika Thompson, Roman Woodbourne, Daniel Thompson, Dianca Spencer, Verona Esson and Dwayne Reid.

 

Clarendon

 

Audrell Blackwood, Gregory Bradford, Hodain Huie, Glenroy Campbell and Robert Foster.

 

St Elizabeth

 

Ikeshia Muir, Roy Williams, Orrel Abrahams, Donville Cole and Rikardo Ulette.

 

St James

 

Alexander Heaven, Oliver Madourie, Devanne Durrant, Kevin Mundle and Anthony Whitelock.

 

Hanover

 

Dale Robinson, Maxine Daley, Cecelia Palmer and Vandyke Bernard.

 

Westmoreland

 

AndrÈ Wright, Eanon Anderson, Annette Holt, Basil Malcolm and Dwight Batson.

Partners for PAN 2016 are CB Foods, National Baking Company, Jamaica National, TVJ, Red Stripe, Pepsi, Miracle Ketchup, Monster Milk, Diamond Foil, Digicel, Supreme Ventures Limited, The Gleaner/Star, Walkerswood, Jamaica Tourist Board, Social Development Commission, JPS, Copperwood Pork, Pure National Ice, Pimora by Salada, Naps Napkins, Pear Tree Press and Main Event Entertainment Group.

The event starts at noon and runs until 8 p.m. Admission is free.