Win worth the chills, shakes and tremors

Tri­umph at fes­ti­val’s chilli eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine

AN UXBRIDGE woman braved the heat to win a chilli eat­ing con­test.

The red-faced contestants bat­tled through 12 rounds on chilli heat scale start­ing at padron pep­pers all the way up to the hottest chilli in the world, the choco­late scor­pion.

Shahina Waseem, of Cowley, Uxbridge, de­scribes the pain of feast­ing through the fever­hot pep­pers.

She said: “The pain from my lips, mouth and throat be­ing on fire, ear drums feel­ing like they were about to ex­plode, face mus­cles twitch­ing in­vol­un­tar­ily, hands shak­ing un­con­trol­lably, shiv­ers, chills and shakes and vi­o­lent body tremors fol­lowed by mus­cle spasms and cramps and heart­burn... was all worth it for the win!”

The com­peti­ton at this year’s Food­ies Fes­ti­val, at Syon Park in Isle­worth, west Lon­don on May 24 was so fierce, or­gan­is­ers ran out of all pos­si­ble chilli and im­pro­vised by givng the hottest chilli in the world swim­ming in a spoon­ful of Pure Cap­saicin Liq­uid Ex­tract as a tie-breaker.

Ms Waseem, who came joint first af­ter suf­fer­ing through the 16 mil­lion scov­ille unit con­coc­tion, loved the sup­port from the crowds.

She added: “I had lit­tle girls com­ing up with their mums to give me a kiss and peo­ple com­ing to shake my hand and congratulate me and to tell me how im­pressed they are.”

The spice-lover, who car­ries a bot­tle of Da’Bomb with her to ev­ery restau­rant, wants to con­tinue her suc­cess af­ter pre­vi­ously win­ning at Kingston Chilli Chal­lenge in 2012 and Foodie’s Chilli Chal­lenge at Bat­tersea Park in 2014.

She said: “My plan is to par­take in and win as many chilli eat­ing con­tests as pos­si­ble around Lon­don, this sum­mer.

“I want to be fa­mous for be­ing the in­vin­ci­ble Chilli Queen.”

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