Every now and again a quirky curry-related article reaches the Curry Focus team. The article is usually read and then deleted before the team returns to its favourite activity of dreaming about great curries they have eaten and even better curries to come.
So we thought that we would share a couple of recent arrivals with you, even though they are on curry subjects that we do not particularly enjoy.
The first is about a hot curry eating contest in Cleethorpes (near Grimsby). It is not a contest to see how much curry you can eat. Rather it is a contest to see how hot a curry you can eat.
Nine volunteer curry eaters lined up to tackle a curry called “The Widower”. This is an extremely hot curry with Naga and Scotch Bonnet chillies in it, along with other chilli products. The curry is rated at 6 million on the Scoville Scale. Six million!! That is insane. The curry was so hot that one of the curry eaters had to be taken to hospital where he spent a very uncomfortable night.
A lot of these hot curry eating contests are run to raise money for good causes and this one was no exception, collecting money for St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby.
We find it hard to understand why anyone would try to eat a curry this hot. There’s no way that they enjoy it and it puts their health at risk.
Over the years we have seen lots of similar events and they often make the curry eaters suffer, although being rushed to hospital is a bit extreme (but it does occasionally happen).
The article about the contest did not say whether, or not, the curry eaters had to sign some kind of indemnity form so that they could not sue the curry house for any possible health problems or side effects. But most contests do have indemnity forms.
And this brings us on to the next article that attracted our attention.
A curry house in Cannock (Staffordshire) has a crocodile curry on the menu.
The curry is called “Crocodile Inferno” and the curry house claims that it is the world’s hottest curry.
The curry has loads of chilli in it and the chefs have to wear gas masks to protect them from the fumes when they are making the curry.
And, yes, there are curry eating contests to find out who can eat this dish.
And the curry eaters have to sign a disclaimer before taking part because of the possible dangerous side effects that include hallucinations.
The crocodile curry bites back.
So there you go. A couple of articles about people who risk themselves in the quest of proving they can eat a hot curry.
Not one of our pastimes but it’s good to know that there are people out there who make us look totally rational when it comes to eating great, spicy, curries.