The National Hotel head chef Matt Kyle.
The National Hotel head chef Matt Kyle. Bev Lacey

Scorching hot chilli eating competition: Could you do it?

A CHILLI eating competition promises to be both painful and tasty for anyone who decides to take it on.

The National Hotel is hosting its Saint Patty's Day Chilli Eating Competition on Sunday from 3pm.

It is open to anyone who thinks they can handle the heat.

The competition consists of 11 bite-sized parmigianas covered in house-made, scorchingly hot, hot sauce.

There are 11 levels of hotness, and after each round contestants have the opportunity to drop out.

The last man or woman remaining in the competition will be crowned the winner.

The National Hotel Chilli Eating Competition.
The National Hotel Chilli Eating Competition. Bev Lacey

All sauces are made from scratch by head chef Matt Kyle and he said he'd be very surprised if more than three people made it to the last few levels.

"I use a variation of chillies from bird's eye chillies to the Carolina Reapers," he said.

"They've all been made and are spending two weeks maturing because the longer they sit the hotter they'll get.

"I love making the sauce and we've had great interest in out firebreather parmy so I thought we'd have a bit of a competition."

The event will take place during The National's St Patrick's Day festivities on Sunday, which kick off at 10am.

Cost to enter is $25.

There are a number of prizes, with the first prize being a monetary prize.

To take part in the competition register on the day, by phoning 4564 9589 or head to The National Facebook page for more information.
 



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