What a delicious adventure!
With 2016 PAN Champion Terry Ann Davidson jerking up a storm, and talks of the delicious adventure in store for PAN 2017, patrons were excited and in high spirits at Caribbean Broilers (CB) PAN 2017 launch last Wednesday.
In photo: Selina Davidson, mother of the 2016 PAN Champion, helps out behind the pan, as Musson Jamaica Limited Consultant Paul Thomas shows off the juicy chicken.-Ian Allen.
Stepping on to the terrace of the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre, you could feel the joy for the return of Jamaica's largest and most highly anticipated food festival. Several guests enjoyed watching Davidson and her mom, Selina, firing up the grill.
According to Kemoi Burke, events and promotions coordinator at CB and 'Mr PAN', PAN 2017 will once again be an exhilarating series of surprises and delicious experiences.
Thumbs up from the sponsors of PAN 2017. These include CB Chicken, National Baking Company, Jamaica National Small Business Loans and JN Money Transfer, Red Stripe, Pepsi, Miracle Ketchup, Monster Milk, TVJ, The Gleaner (Media) Company Limited, The STAR, Walkerswood, JPS, and Pure Natio. -Ian Allen
For the past 12 years, PAN has grown to be more than a competition. It is a food festival that offers business development grants, and training and business opportunities. PAN allows the men and women behind the delicious pan chicken to battle it out with their creativity and ingenuity as they craft original sauces from unconventional ingredients to prepare mouth-watering pan chicken.
"Each year, we challenge ourselves to create a meaningful experience not only for the patrons, but also the participants. We want them to walk away with increased knowledge of various aspects of food prep, flavours and business management. At its core, PAN supports home-grown talent, entrepreneurship and education," noted CB Foods' regional development manager, Alicia Bogues.
Reshima Kelly takes a bite of mouth-watering chicken covered in her special avocado sauce. -Ian Allen.
On Saturday, August 26, in Jamaica's 'breadbasket', St Elizabeth, competitors from the parishes of St Elizabeth, Manchester, Clarendon, St James, Westmoreland, and Hanover will battle in the first region round to advance to the PAN 2017 grand final.
The extravaganza will intensify on Saturday, September 30, for region two in Portland, where competitors from Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine, Kingston, and St Andrew, St Ann, and Trelawny will square off.
The winner and the first runner-up from each parish will advance to the grand finals to compete for the PAN Champion 2017 title on Sunday, October 29, in Half-Way Tree.