Andrew Morgan is western Pan Chicken champion
Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:Ten of 26 chefs who competed in the CB Pan Chicken Cook-off western Jamaica eliminations at Montego Bay's Dump Up Beach, last week Saturday, were awarded places in the national finals to be contested on Saturday, November 27 at the Kingston Waterfront.
The pungent aroma of chicken marinating in local herbs and spices filled the air as the chefs went to work, while judges made their rounds, inspecting each booth.
When the smoke cleared, André Morgan became the toast of the championship, taking top honours for the parish of Westmoreland while copping the Grace Tomato Ketchup - Ketch Di Taste championship title.
Jacqueline Morgan of Trelawny was second in the Ketch Di Taste championship, with Natasha White of Westmoreland taking third.
The winners were each given $40,000 with runners-up collecting $20,000 for their efforts.
St James winner
Nathasha Malcolm took the top prize for St James with Pauline Johnson taking the runner-up spot. Hanover's champion was Donald Smith with Cetrina Gillings placing second. Mervin Morgan copped first place while Donald Williams took second place honours for Trelawny. Charlette Dillon was crowned champion for St Ann with Clarence Watson taking second place. André Morgan won for Westmoreland with Natasha White taking second place.
Alicia Bogues, Brand Manager CB Chicken said the western elimination was drew the largest crowd, which resulted in the organisers instructing security personnel to close off the area and not allow anyone else into the venue.
"It was very successful. All the pan chicken contestants sold off all their chicken and the patrons gushed about how much they enjoyed the activities. We are very happy for the turn out and the fact that the contestants received such high marks from the judges, so they will be a strong force in the final," Bogues said.