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Café Rene turns up the heat with a Man v Food chilli-eating competition

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 04, 2014

  • Hayley Mortimer tries a chilli

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THINGS got pretty heated at Café Rene’s music festival this afternoon.

The Gloucester pub and music venue’s Man vs Heat Big Chilli Eating Competition was a highlight of the RENE:GADE festival.

Ten daring participants took up the challenge to make their way through a bowl of chilli con carne in 15 minutes before a knock-out contest involving some of the hottest chillies in the world.

They worked their way through the scoville scale from jalapenos, scotch bonnets, habaneros and finally the naga jolokia, which has a heat level of more than one-and-a-half million scoville units.

The Man Vs Food-style competition was so dangerous they had a first aider on site and entrants had to sign a disclaimer.

But everyone came out relatively unscathed by the experience, including Citizen reporter Hayley Mortimer, the only female contestant, who couldn't even finish her bowl of chilli con carne.

Co-organiser Neil Cantillion said: “We have scoured the world for some of the hottest chillies and some have been grown especially for the competition.

“They are extremely hot. It is dangerous.”

The event continues into this evening with music, guerrilla street art and a barbecue in the garden.

Live ska, blues, reggae and hip hop awaits music lovers, while street artists including Trix, Flava, AKA and Dice SixtySeven will hold an exhibition at The Cellar Bar.

The free event is raising money for the Severn Area Rescue Association, which was recently targeted by thieves.

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  • Lecorche  |  May 05 2014, 10:32AM

    Brings to mind the ballad made immortal by one Mr. J. Cash,involving incandescent circles.

  • Patman14  |  May 04 2014, 10:31PM

    oh look, another picture of Hayley Mortimer...good work gloucester citizen!!!

  • GlosAnarchy  |  May 04 2014, 8:15PM

    Bomkin2003 again you are referring to Daily Mail dietary research that is so floored it could be referred to as a carpet company! Did you stop to think t might also be something els in the local diets and even if there is a risk it might be so insignificant that the positive affects far outweigh the negatives? It's a bit like riding a bicycle, the benefits far outweigh the risks of not wearing a helmet. I believe what you are referring to is either bad science or a lack of public understanding!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  May 04 2014, 7:20PM

    I hate spicy food. Perhaps someone who likes it can explain the attraction. Isn't it simply masochistic?

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  • Bonkim2003  |  May 04 2014, 7:00PM

    GlosAnarchy - check out cancer history amongst populations that eat chillies-rich food all their life.

  • GlosAnarchy  |  May 04 2014, 11:12AM

    Bomkin2003 what evidence do you have of chillies causing cancer in humans? I take it your referring to the study in mice where the "dose" was upto a level where a human would have to eat their bodyweight in chillies every day, yes these mice had an increased chance of contracting cancers but also lived on average the longest. You could always be referring to the dietary study that asked stomach cancer patients if they had eaten chillies with a basic yes/no answer, this is like carrying out a study on smoking and lung cancer by asking have you ever smokes a cigarette where the answer yes could refer to one cigarette 40 years earlier!

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  • Bonkim2003  |  May 04 2014, 9:08AM

    Watch out for stomach ulcers and cancer.