New chilli-eating champion crowned at Burnham Food Festival
cooling pints of milk at hand, contestants braved the feared 'Dorset
Naga' during the first-ever chilli-eating competition in Burnham-On-Sea
of Burnham's Food and Drink Festival, it was the ultimate test
for chilli fans to find out whether they could withstand the burn
of some of the hottest food known to man.
contestants took on 12 rounds of chillies, each getting progressively
hotter, with several dropping out along the way.
resident Marc Brion, 35, right, was crowned the first champion
of the 'Great Burnham Burn Off'. He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
like spicy food, but I have never eaten anything as hot as these
chillis before - my mouth felt as though it was on fire!"
the first time I've ever entered a contest like this, so I'm really
pleased to have won. It was my son who talked me into taking part."
of the competitors took on the infamous 'Dorset Naga' chilli but
did not go beyond the 'Butch T Scorpion' chilli pepper, which
has a Scoville rating of 1.4m.
organiser Chilli Dave, from The Clifton Chilli Club, said: "The
chillis started out relatively mild and then got hotter and hotter.
We had people taking on the Dorset Naga which is ridiculously
competition like this is only for the truly dedicated - you start
with a runny nose, then your eyes start to run and then you touch
your face and that starts to burn as well."
unique event was watched by a big crowd of onlookers in College
Street where a stage was set-up for The Clifton Chilli Club to
run the event with sponsorship from retailer The Chillees.