Northampton curry house launches bid to find 2015 chilli eating champion

Winners of last year's Saffron Chilli Challenge Dean Alexander and Violeta Britten with Saffron owner Naz Islam.
Winners of last year's Saffron Chilli Challenge Dean Alexander and Violeta Britten with Saffron owner Naz Islam.

Spicy food lovers are being sought to take part in a searing hot eating competition as part of a Northampton curry house’s bid to find a new chilli champion.

Saffron, based on Castilian Street in the town is looking for people to take part in its second ‘Chilli Challenge’, which was last year won by Mears Ashby man Dean Alexander.

The contest required four competitors to eat three raw ‘naga’ chillies followed by a serving of Saffron’s chicken naga.

Mr Alexander, 34, ate the lot in 32.5 seconds, and the restaurant has thrown the gauntlet down to spicy food lovers to have a go at beating his time in 2015.

Saffron owner Naz Islam said: “Our naga chillies are seriously hot.

“We have them imported from Bangladesh and they are packed with heat and flavour, they make the ones you buy in the supermarkets over here taste like sweets.

“The times the guys recorded last year were incredible, but we’re confident we can do even better this time around.”

The 2015 Chilli Challenge will be held at Saffron at 12pm on Tuesday, April 14.

Naga chillies can register up to 1,000,000 on the Scoville scale, the global measurement of chilli heat.

A typical scotch bonnet chilli weighs in at around 200,000 Scovilles while a jalepeno is just 5,000 in comparison.

To register your interest in taking part in the 2015 Chilli Challenge, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SaffronNorthampton.