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Pan chicken Region One champs sizzle

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMOkoye Henry
Manchester's first runner-up Ruhcika Thompson.
Five of the six Regional one parish winners in the CB Foods Pan Chicken 2016 Competition sharing lens time with Michelle Cunningham (third from left), Red Stripe's assistant brand manager. They are from left: Hodain Huie of Clarendon, Vandyke Bernard of Hanover, Oliver Madourie of St James, Dianca Spencer and Annette Holt of Westmorland.
Jeana Brown of St James working his magic with his pan chicken.
Oriel Abrahams of St Elizabeth strikes a pose at his grill.
First runner-up of St James, Anthony Whitelock.

Cheers abound for the six parish winners and their respective runners-up at the recent Region One CB Pan Chicken Championship.

Over 28 contestants from the parishes of Manchester, Clarendon, St Elizabeth, St James, Hanover and Westmoreland competed in the regional finals held in Black River, St Elizabeth, on Saturday.

Taking home the St Elizabeth crown was none other than Rickardo Eulette, while second place went to Donville Cole.

Women ruled Manchester, with Dianca Spencer and Ruhcika Thompson placing first and second, respectively. In Clarendon, the winner was Hodain Huie, while the runner-up position belonged to Audrell Blackwood.

Oliver Madourie became the St James champ, with Anthony Whitelock being the runner-up.

Westmoreland's Annette Holt won for her parish, while Eanon Anderson was second. Vandyke Bernard copped not only the Hanover title, but first place in the Miracle Tallawah Sauce competition. Kevin Smith was runner-up for the parish of Hanover.

The winners receive cash prizes and a year's supply of gifts from sponsors. The competitors were judged on a myriad of qualities including sanitation, organization of work space, taste, texture, and creativity among others. The Miracle Tallawah Sauce competition was judged on consistency of the sauce, flavour and originality, as well as creativity.

Head of the judging panel was the award-winning 'Flying Chef', Louis Bailey, alongside David Kitson and Richard Pinnock of Pegasus.

"Everyone was really just determined and are all winners, but it's just that some are more fortunate to advance to the grand final," Alicia Bogues, brand manager of CB Foods, told The Gleaner.

"They (the contestants) tried new and innovative ways to put together pan chicken, so it wasn't just the run of the mill. They practised their recipes many time over and that made a difference here today," she added.

The Pan Chicken competition will move to Portland for the Region Two finals on Saturday, September 24, when competitors from Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine, Kingston and St Andrew, St Ann and Trelawny will compete.

The winners and the first runners-up for Region One and Two will then congregate at the grand final in Half-Way Tree on Sunday, October 30, to vie for the coveted title of 2016 Pan Champion.