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.