Chilli-ng out at red hot fes­ti­val

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A WOMAN from Uxbridge did the girls proud by brav­ing the heat at the Read­ing Chilli Fes­ti­val.

Shahina Waseem, and Sid Bar­ber from Tile­hurst, split the vic­tory in the chilli eat­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the fes­ti­val on Satur­day June 20.

The pair (and seven men who dropped out of the chal­lenge when the heat got too much) ate a se­ries of chillies end­ing with the world’s hottest pep­per, the Carolina Reaper, which has an av­er­age Scov­ille rat­ing of 1,569,300.

Be­gin­ning with the Fresno Red the heat rose with the chal­lengers try­ing 15 dif­fer­ent chillies in­clud­ing the Naga Jolokia Red and Ghost Or­ange pep­pers.

When both women pol­ished off their Carolina Reapers they agreed to share the glory as well as a £50 prize.

Ms Waseem, who has now won four chilli eat­ing com­pe­ti­tions, said she wants to be fa­mous for be­ing the “in­vin­ci­ble Chilli Queen”.

Last month, she claimed vic­tory at the Food­ies Fes­ti­val in Brent­ford.

The spice fan, who has a large col­lec­tion of chilli sauces and car­ried a bot­tle of Da’Bomb with her wher­ever she goes, al­ready has plans to take part in two more com­pe­ti­tions this sum­mer.

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