PAN Fi­nals this Sun­day

Jamaica Gleaner - - FOOD -

First-place win­ner for Trelawny, Charlette Nel­son.

THIS SUN­DAY, Oc­to­ber 30, the 28 fi­nal­ists (in­clud­ing two wild cards) of PAN 2016 will com­pete for the cov­eted ti­tle of Grand Cham­pion in a bat­tle of in­no­va­tion and will.

Clos­ing out the Re­gional level, the bat­tle lines have been drawn and the com­peti­tors have been busy sharp­en­ing their skills and per­fect­ing their recipes.

With win­nings to­talling over $1 mil­lion in cash and prizes for the cham­pion (the big­gest jack­pot in the 11-year his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion), each com­peti­tor is giv­ing their all to en­sure they taste vic­tory. In ad­di­tion to a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment grant from Ja­maica Na­tional, CB Foods will also pro­vide one year’s sup­ply of chicken; Na­tional Bak­ing Com­pany will pro­vide a year’s sup­ply of hard dough bread; and Mir­a­cle Tomato Ketchup cour­tesy of Mir­a­cle. Also at stake are gifts from Red Stripe, Dig­i­cel, Walk­er­swood, and Pepsi, to name a few.

Wayne Mor­gan, who fin­ished first place at Re­gional two for Kingston and Van Dyke Bernard, first-place win­ner for Hanover. Au­drea Charl­ton has been do­ing pan chicken on the week­end since be­ing laid off from her job at JUTC.

St An­drew, says he has been in prepa­ra­tion mode for the fi­nals.

“It’s ei­ther go hard or go home. My game plan is to win. But let’s see what hap­pens,” the 50-year-old from Red Hills Road ex­plained.

Trelawny’s Charlette Nel­son, who won first place for her parish at Re­gional two, says her strength lies in her sauces and sea­son­ing.

“What makes my chicken spe­cial is the sauce and the sea­son­ing. That’s what I am tak­ing into the fi­nals,” she said.

El­gin Town, Hanover res­i­dent Van Dyke Bernard, who won first place for his parish and also won the Mir­a­cle Tomato Ketchup Tallawah Sauce com­pe­ti­tion, is con­fi­dent of vic­tory.

I WILL WIN

“I am go­ing to do my best, and by do­ing my best, I know I will win,” the 36-year-old ex­plained.

When she got the call that she was a wild card, St Cather­ine res­i­dent Au­drea Charl­ton was over­come with joy. “I was ner­vous at first but I am happy to be back in the com­pe­ti­tion. I en­tered to gain ex­po­sure be­cause this is some­thing that I do for a liv­ing,” ex­plained Charl­ton.

Since she was made re­dun­dant from her job at the JUTC nine years ago, Charl­ton has been do­ing pan chicken on week­ends.

Ac­cord­ing to Janelle Brown, mar­ket­ing man­ager at Con­ti­nen­tal Bak­ing Com­pany, “As an­other PAN event draws to a close, Con­ti­nen­tal Bak­ing Com­pany is again pleased to have part­nered with CB Foods on the largest and most an­tic­i­pated an­nual food fes­ti­val. The va­ri­ety, style and culi­nary flavours of the var­i­ous pan chicken en­trepreneurs al­ways add so much to the event. CBC is proud to have been a ma­jor part­ner of this event, and we look for­ward to PAN 2017, which is sure to be even more ex­cit­ing and en­joy­able.”

Gil­lian Hyde, gen­eral man­ager, JN Small Busi­ness Loans, whose com­pany pro­vides busi­ness grants to the top three win­ners at the grand fi­nals, reaf­firmed the brand’s con­tin­ued sup­port of the event.

“Over the years, PAN has pro­vided small-scale jerk ven­dors with ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow their op­er­a­tions. This has al­lowed many of the en­trants to evolve their busi­nesses from a sin­gle jerk pan to hav­ing mul­ti­ple pans in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, ex­pand their of­fer­ings and in some in­stances im­prove their lo­ca­tions. It was this de­sire to see more per­sons de­velop as en­trepreneurs that prompted JNSBL to be­come part of PAN 2016. We be­lieve that through train­ing and ad­vice, we can also as­sist many of the ven­dors to be­come more suc­cess­ful.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Wayne Mor­gan, first-place win­ner for Kingston and St An­drew.

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