Large turnout for LIME MoBay Jerk Fest
Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
WESTERN BUREAU:Scores of Montegonians and other patrons from across western Jamaica turned out to the LIME Montego Bay Jerk Festival, which was held at the Catherine Hall Entertainment Centre, on Emancipation Day.
The night entertainment segment featured Ryme Minista, Romaine Virgo and Popcaan, as well as the upcoming artiste Kalado.
Gospel artiste Jabez put on an energetic performance and kept the audience spellbound, while his colleague Joan Flemmings kept up the tempo with the audience waving and singing along to her many hits.
Grandpa Entatain, Miguel Antonio, as well as comedians Ity and Fancy Cat, were among the other artistes who performed at the event.
The concert was preceded by the celebrity cook-off, which took place in the afternoon, during which attorney-at-law Paula Kerr-Jarrett copped first place ahead of former member of parliament for North East St Elizabeth and chief executive officer of Best of Jamaica Television, Kern Spencer, who placed second, and chairman of Reggae Sumfest, Robert Russell, who placed third.
Opposition Spokesman on Tourism Edmund Bartlett and State Minister in the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Commerce Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The competitors were judged in the categories of taste, cleanliness of work station and condiments used. Each contestant was allowed to have an assistant to help with the preparatory work, and was allocated a time frame of one hour in which to prepare their best jerk chicken dish, along with a choice of accompanying starch of either yam or potato.
The judges of the competition were chefs Ainsley Lambie and Kavene Williams of the Coyaba Beach Resort and Wallton Austin of the Culinary Federation of Jamaica.