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July 11, 2014
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Spectacular CB Pan Chicken eliminations

Scenes from the 2014 CB Pan Chicken Championship's Central Regional Elimination at Manchester High School in Mandeville. - Contributed

If the 2014 CB Pan Chicken Championship's Central Regional Elimination is a predictor of what is to come, Jamaicans can anticipate a well-executed, fun-filled season of stellar events.

The annual cooking competition with concert hosted by CB Chicken, kicked off at the Manchester High School on Saturday, the first of three elimination rounds before the massive grand final in November.

The weekend saw thousands gathered at what was possibly one of the event's largest season openers, offering attendees non-stop excitement, giveaways, delicious food, and great music, bettering last year's event, which was affected by intermittent showers.

From as early as 10 a.m., when the gates opened, attendees started filing into the event, sampling food and gathering under tents to watch the World Cup match on the five television screens set up around the venue.

MC Pretty Boy Floyd had the audience in stitches; the magician had them in disbelief; and DJ Cuteye kept them dancing; while the National Kiddies Village and clowns kept the children entertained. Live performances came from Jermaine Edwards and Bugle.

When the pans cooled, six winners were rejoicing. Heading to the Kingston Waterfront in November are Derricia Henry and Andrew Bailey from Manchester; Jason Walters and Anthony Carty, who placed first and second, respectively, from St Elizabeth; and Carlton Jobson and Natalie Sill from Clarendon.

Each winner walked away with the parish title, a trophy, $40,000 in cash, plus gift baskets from sponsors Grace Tomato Ketchup, National Bakery and Spur Tree sauces. Runners-up received $20,000, a trophy, and gift baskets. Jobson also walked away with first prize for the Grace Tomato Ketchup 'Ketch Di Taste' Sauce competition.

The competition continues with the Eastern Regional Elimination at the Portmore UDC Car Park on August 23.

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