As you probably know by now, The Pepper Festival will hold at least one Hot Pepper Eating Contest during the festival. We’ve been looking into different ways to present it when we came across this video from Clifton Chilli Club. This is the 2017 Reading Chilli Festival Chilli Pepper Eating Competition held each year in Reading, England. It’s pretty hard core. First, you’ll notice that in England they spell chili “chilli”. Secondly, you’ll see names of peppers that you’ve probably never heard of. They are most likely peppers that we have here in the U.S., but with different names.

In this particular competition, contestants have to eat TWO peppers all the way down to the stem. If they can’t do that, they are out.

Here’s how the contest played out by round, type of pepper and heat rating:

  • Round 1 starts out with a Padron Pepper which is rated 500+ SHU (Scoville Heat Units).
  • Round 2 is a Dutch Green Chilli Pepper which is 1,000-2,000 SHU.
  • Round 3 moves on to the Jalapeño Pepper (3,000-6,000 SHU).
  • Round 4 features the Indian Bullet Chilli Pepper (10,000 SHU).
  • Round 5 is the Dutch Red Chilli Pepper which hits 15,000 SHU.
  • Round 6 doubles the heat with the Finger Chilli Pepper that jumps up to 30,000 SHU!
  • Round 7 has the contestants chomping on a Cayenne Chilli Pepper which comes in on the 30,000-50,000 SHU.
  • Round 8 gets serious with the Thai Hot Chilli Pepper with a toasty 50,000-100,000 SHU!
  • Round 9 brings on the Scotch Bonnet Chilli Pepper which is an incredibly hot 150,000-325,000 SHU. Two more contestants bow out.
  • Round 10 has the remaining contestants downing a Chocolate Habanero Pepper coming in at 300,000-425,000 SHU. This one has a “Puke Alert”.
  • Round 11 brings up the dreaded Ghost Pepper coming in at a whopping 1,000,000+ SHU!
  • Round 12 has the remaining 3 contestants eating a Trinidad Scorpion Pepper ranked (like the Ghost Pepper) at 1,000,000+ SHU.
  • Round 13 features the Dorset Naga Pepper coming in at 923,000+ SHU.
  • Round 14 “and then there were 2” as the final 2 contestants attempt to put down a Yellow Scorpion Pepper averaging 1,100,000+ SHU.
  • Round 15 it’s getting crazy with the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Pepper taking it up to 1,200,000 SHU.
  • Round 16 is requiring the contestants to eat 2 Carolina Reaper Peppers! The Carolina Reaper clocks in at 1,569,300 SHU!
  • Round 17 is a Speed Round since there isn’t a pepper hotter than the Carolina Reaper. The first to finish a large hot pepper wins!

It was a super close finish, but the winner is Sid Barber. Apparently she has won before.

Reading Chilli Festival Web Site

Clifton Chilli Club’s YouTube Channel

We hope you enjoyed this video. Let us know in the comments what you thought about the format!

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