CB launches Pan 2019
Pan 2018 Championship winner Lesma Huie serves her tasty chicken to attendees at the launch of the 2019 staging of the competition. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)
Jamaica is the undisputed mecca of pan chicken. No one can do it like us - period.
This uniquely Jamaican style of preparing meat is being celebrated by CB Foods once again.
The company launched its 15th annual Pan Chicken Championship at the Half Way Tree Transport Centre this week, with Assistant Brand Manager at CB, Nicole Hall, announcing that the grand finale of the much anticipated championship will not be held in the Corporate Area.
“We are changing things up a bit. This is going to be the first year that Pan will not be held in Kingston,” Hall said.
CB Chief Operating Officer Matthew Lyn (left) shares a laugh with Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Hall said the focus has shifted this year to the people who work behind the pans in the streets, as the company aims to promote community growth and development.
“We will continue to support home grown talent under our mantra living better. Living better is about making improved decisions for one’s self, Jamaica, health and the environment. We want to spread the word of the importance of supporting local business, preparing foods in a healthier way and keeping our communities safe and clean,” she said.
This year, the entrants will be divided into two regions. Region One will encompass the parishes of Portland, St Mary, St Thomas, St Catherine, St Ann, Trelawny and the Corporate Area, while the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester, St Elizabeth, St James, Westmoreland and Hanover make up Region Two.
Five entrants will compete from each parish in a live 60-minute regional cook off. A parish winner and a runner-up will be selected to participate in the grand finals. In total, 26 finalists and two wild card selections will be in the grand finals.
Pan 2019 Launch
Regional eliminations will be held at the Folly Oval in Portland on August 2 for region one, while Black River, St Elizabeth will host the region two cook off on September 28.
The Grand Finals will be held at Richmond Estate in St Ann on October 27.
The competition is open to all pan vendors and anyone who regularly prepares chicken. Entry forms are available at all Social Development Commission offices across the island and there is no entry fee.