It’s a dead heat in chilli-eating competition

Yorkshire's Chilli-Eating Champions pictured left to right, Darren Berry and Adam Squire with Nick Rahman, owner of Cardamom Black Restaurant in Harrogate.
Yorkshire's Chilli-Eating Champions pictured left to right, Darren Berry and Adam Squire with Nick Rahman, owner of Cardamom Black Restaurant in Harrogate.

Cardamom Black Restaurant in Harrogate announced Yorkshire’s chilli-eating champions following their competition held during National Curry Week.

Out of eleven brave contestants there were two joint winners declared for health reasons, after they both continued to eat some of the world’s hottest chillies – and survived!

Their prize was a year’s supply of curries at Cardamom Black Pan South Asian Restaurant, but it may be a while before they want to eat anything hot and spicy again.

Adam Squire and Darren Berry, both of Harrogate, worked their way through nine varieties of the hottest chillies including the Ghost Pepper which is 400 times hotter then a Jalapeno, the Trinidad Scorpion, a scorching two million Scoville Heat Units (SHU) and the Carolina Reaper, officially ranked by Guinness World Records as the world’s hottest chilli at 2.2 million SHU.

Darren Berry, 38, a full-time carer for his wife, said: “I felt like I was dying after the competition. I was up until gone two in the morning, and could feel the chillies working their way through my digestive system.”

It was his first chilli-eating competition, adding: “The Trinidad Scorpion chilli was something special. When we had to eat that one and the Ghost chilli stood on a chair in the final round it was really hard because you have the shakes from the heat and I was worried I’d fall off the chair.”

Joint winner, Adam Squire, 30, who runs Ash Hair on Devonshire Place, said: “The Trinidad Scorpion chilli was the worst one for me, it packed a punch, but also didn’t taste very nice.

“The next day I had a very grumpy tummy and definitely knew I’d eaten too many chillies.”

Nick Rahman, owner of Cardamom Black Restaurant on Cheltenham Parade, said: “It was an awesome night. It was our first chilli-eating competition that we decided to hold as part of National Curry Week.

“It was a great event for the business and brand and it’s definitely going to become an annual event.

“I would personally like to thank all the people who were brave enough to take part, because the chillies they ate were unbelievably hot and I’m just happy no-one was ill. Also, Frank from the Chilli Shop in Leeds who was our resident chilli expert on the night. And everyone who turned-up to watch and support the event and my staff who all got behind the event and helped make it a huge success.”

Chillies are measured in Scoville Heat Units, SHU, and a standard bell pepper is 0 on the Scoville scale and the Trinidad Scorpion and Carolina Reaper chillies rank at over 2 million SHU and come just under the standard grade UK Police pepper spray which is 2 million-5.3 million SHU.

To watch the contestants in action during the chilli-eating competition please visit www.cardamomblack.co.uk