Great Food and Entertainment at CB PAN-X


October 09, 2015
Contributed Daisy Crooks (centre) celebrates as she collects her cheque from Alicia Bogues, CB Chicken & Bad Dawg Sausages Brand Manager, while CB, the mascot presents her trophy.
Contributed Ace deejay Beenie Man entertains the crowd

Great Food and entertainment at CB PAN-X

Daisy Crooks just might be the one to watch at this year's CB PAN-X Grand Final as the 71-year-old clocked 98/100 points for her Pineapple Tomato pan chicken at the competition's western elimination held in Montego Bay recently.

Quite unassuming, the elderly woman with a quick smile was uncertain she could possibly cop one of the final 12 spots that were up for grabs at the event. A four-time entrant, Crooks had won the Hanover parish title in 2012. But now competing against 34 of the best pan chefs in the west, Crooks simply said "I wish", when asked if she thought she might win. And she did. Along with the CB PAN-X Hanover parish title, $40,000 in cash plus various gift packages, Crooks also won second prize in the Grace Tomato Ketchup 'Ketch di Taste' Sauce competition.

"I feel good. God is good," she said.

Regional 2 of PAN-X, hosted by CB Foods, was the last elimination of the annual pan chicken championship. With all 26 finalists now selected, Jamaica's largest cooking competition moves to the Grand Final round, where top pan chicken chefs from across the island will cook-off for more than $1 million in cash and prizes on Sunday, November 1 at the Kingston Waterfront.

Joining Crooks at this final showdown are fellow westerners: Cordel Gordon, Hanover runner-up; St Ann winner and runner-up, Damion Bailey, and Marva Wright; Suzzette Virgo and Naomi Martin, St James; Jermaine Hayes and Cheddian McKenzie, Trelawny; Durbin Stephens and Dwayne Reid, Westmoreland and Brett Sinclair and Clifton Wright from St Elizabeth.

Known for delivering high

quality events, CB, for the second straight year, saw a record number of attendees at its Montego Bay regional. Attendees arrived at the venue in steady droves from the gates opened at noon to well into the night. Long before the 8 p.m. close, Dump-Up Beach was packed to

capacity as thousands turned out to experience delicious food, fun activities and an energy packed concert.

The evening concert, emceed by Ity and Fancy Cat, opened with gospel minister Lubert Levy. He was followed by Chi Ching Ching, then Beenie Man. The 'doctor' delivered a slew for classic hits with the entire crowd as back-up singers.