St Thomas mother of two wins CB PAN Champion 2019 title

From left: CB Mascot Chikky, PAN 2019 Grand Champion Kerisa Wright and Nicole Hall, CB Foods Assistant Brand Manager, pose on stage after the finals.
From left: CB Mascot Chikky, PAN 2019 Grand Champion Kerisa Wright and Nicole Hall, CB Foods Assistant Brand Manager, pose on stage after the finals.

Kerisa Wright, a mother of two young girls, is the 2019 CB PAN Champion that was held in St Ann on Sunday. Wright won from a field of 27 other pan chicken men and women from across Jamaica. 

“I am feeling great, excited and thankful,” said Wright, who will open her own restaurant next month.

“I just did something totally different and it worked.”

— CB PAN Champion Kerisa Wright

Back to the drawing board

The Springfield, St Thomas, resident entered the CB Foods hosted PAN 2017 and finished in second place for her parish. She didn’t secure a placement at the Grand Finals that year. Two years later, she went back to the drawing board and re-worked her formula, to secure victory.

“I went back to the drawing board and did it. I just did something totally different and it worked,” Wright explained.

 From left: Alecia Forbes, Brand Manager Walkerswood; Laurel Whyte from JN Bank; Richard Johnson, from JN Small Business Loan; Sanya Wallace from JN Money (partially hidden in photo); Kerisa Wright, the PAN 2019 Grand Champion, Nicole Hall, Assistant Brand Manager, CB Foods; Omega Harris, the Brand Manager, National Baking Company; and the CB mascot, Chikky.
From left: Alecia Forbes, Brand Manager Walkerswood; Laurel Whyte from JN Bank; Richard Johnson, from JN Small Business Loan; Sanya Wallace from JN Money (partially hidden in photo); Kerisa Wright, the PAN 2019 Grand Champion, Nicole Hall, Assistant Brand Manager, CB Foods; Omega Harris, the Brand Manager, National Baking Company; and the CB mascot, Chikky.

Prize package

Wright won a combined prize package valued at more than $1 million, including $150,000 from the JN Group, $350,000 from CB Foods, one year supply of National hardo bread, one year supply of Miracle Ketchup and one year supply of CB Chicken, plus prizes from Walkerswood, Nupak, Red Stripe and Tru Juice.

Finishing in second place was Denton Gordon from St Ann, while Jody Ann Huie from Clarendon took third place.

Now in its 15th year, PAN is a signature event on the culinary calendar. 

 PAN 2019 Grand Champion Kerisa Wright was all smiles as she showed off her trophy.
PAN 2019 Grand Champion Kerisa Wright was all smiles as she showed off her trophy.

Amazing season

As the event came to a close on Sunday, Nicole Hall, assistant brand manager for CB Foods, said that she was pleased with this year’s staging of PAN.

“It has been an amazing season. We’ve gotten so much love from Portland and St Elizabeth and now in St Ann, which is the new home for our finals next year. I’m so happy and excited that everyone has welcomed us into the parish,” she said.

“We had great weather. The grass couldn’t have been any greener, and the venue is just set up for an event like this. Thanks to Main Event. They did an awesome job with the execution.”

Dillon 'DJ Garry' Garricks receives a case of Red Stripe from Red Stripe's marketing assistant, Jodi-Ann Cohen, shortly after he won the push-up competition.
Dillon ‘DJ Garry’ Garricks receives a case of Red Stripe from Red Stripe’s marketing assistant, Jodi-Ann Cohen, shortly after he won the push-up competition.

Sauce competition

In the Miracle sauce competition, Huie took first place and won $25,000, while Denroy Bloomfield from St Catherine finished second, taking home $15,000. Third place went to Hanover’s Charmaine Pryce who won $10,000.

Held at Grizzly’s Plantation Cove in St Ann, the event attracted a decent crowd, which enjoyed performances from Jamaican entertainers Agent Sasco and Tarrus Riley. Dufton ‘Duffy’ Shepherd and Miss Kitty hosted the event.