Updated: 10/09/2012 11:57 | By Neil Davey, contributor, MSN Food
Burn notice: eating the world's hottest chillies

Neil Davey is fighting back



Neil Davey v the World’s Hottest Chilli Menu at Gilgamesh (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
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  • Neil Davey reacts after tasting even more chillies (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
  • Neil Davey pulls more faces during his chilli challenge (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
  • Neil Davey v the World’s Hottest Chilli Menu at Gilgamesh (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
  • The Trinidad Scorpion chilli (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
  • Gilgamesh's green mango and papaya salad with chilli nahm jihm (© Gilgamesh)
  • Neil tries a Gilgamesh salad à la chilli (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
  • This chilli-fied salad packs a mean punch (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
  • Neil reaches for the chilli colada following some chilli-based pain (© Jeanne Horak-Druiff - Cooksister.com)
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And then something odd happens. That heat seems 'normal'. After 10 minutes of pain, it doesn't hurt any more. The endorphins kick in, my senses seem heightened. Colours are brighter, noises are more intense. At this point, frankly, I'd fancy my chances in a fight against Spider-Man.

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07/09/2012 16:30
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Chilies are great they help burn calories, boost immunity and fight bad bacteria's.  They, once ingested help release the chemical hormone called dopamine playing a major role in the brain system that is responsible for reward driven learning. Every type of reward that has been studied increases the level of dopamine transmission in the brain.

07/09/2012 15:09
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To those of you who want to experience the "Suffering", or should that be elation and adrenaline rush, of eating the hottest chillies in the world, need to log on to YouTube.  Some guy, just an ordinary Aussie guy with glasses, with a penchant for chilli eats them whole before your eyes and describes the experience.  Thankfully, Australian health and safety have not intervened (!) and I truly have to take my hat off to him as I thought my own Chicken Phall curry eating was legendary.  To give you an idea how hot the hottest, the Trinidad Scorpion is, in Scoville units (the official measure), it registers about 20-25 times hotter than the hottest curry served in an Indian restaurant!  Incidentially, if you didn't know already, chilli releases endorphins - feel good chemicals in the brain - and is good for the digestion - but don't have 10 pints of lager beforehand. lol

07/09/2012 14:41
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Stopping just when it's getting interesting. Tut tut. We were always going to want the suffering and I think you've robbed us of la piece de la resistance.
Well done for completing that monster meal!
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there are always the lightweights who comment they the prefer to taste the food rather than a hot curry.We call them lightweights. Nice hot spicy curry with quality ingredients,healthy and good for everyone,just skip the ghee and salt
07/09/2012 16:28
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i have to have chilli in everything , im an addict,
07/09/2012 19:31
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So if i made my own curry  with the Trinidad Scorpion ,  should i  put a roll of toilet paper in the fridge the night before ?
07/09/2012 15:09
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"possibly even the kind of fire they thought tipping a toaster sideways would start"

Actually made me 'LOL'

Good to see you actually read the comments... so could you pass on a message to the people who deal with the spam?

Tell them to get off there but and sort it out!
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Not for me thanks, I prefer to taste my food, not have my taste buds burned away!  Don't get me wrong, I love chilli flavouring and curries, but not so hot that they hurt!
07/09/2012 14:35
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Lovely writing, light touch contrasting nicely with the chilli heat.
07/09/2012 21:09
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well done lad....   you should have done a video showing your achievement!!!
07/09/2012 22:26
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What a Man

You Sir I take my hat of to..
I will buy you a cold one anytime....
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in mexio heading to merida via veracruz before coming to the  highway to merida there is a village that has a wild grown chilly that it wont cultivate,it grows by nature;s will and its the hottest chilly i had during 17 yrs living in mexico, i canot remember exactlythe name and location but i know from experience that this green chilly is somewhat HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BIG TIME. TONY

 

07/09/2012 20:00
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Brilliant article - very funny. Loved the "Bugatti Veyron of Chilli's" comment. :)  I can't decide if I want to put myself through it or not - the Ghostpepper videos on You Tube are certainly a bit off putting! From my pic you can see I did a bungee jump but even that was a bit too scary for me so maybe I'll just stick to a nice Chicken Korma.
07/09/2012 16:35
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Love, unconditionally in love with chilli............ 
10/09/2012 08:51
07/09/2012 21:46
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I GROW BOTH NAJA JOLKIA & SCOTCH BONNETS I TREAT BOTH WITH A LOT OF RESPECT.THE FAVOUR OF  SCOTCH IS GREAT BUT IN SMALL AMOUNTS.NAJA IS BLOODY DANGEROUS.BEST WISHES & GOOD EATING FOLKS.AW
05/02/2013 13:16
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In all fairness, I am not one for spicy foods, but credit where it is due as they say, and this guy deserves credit, and perhaps a couple of litres of milk :p

 

I think the Trinidad Scorpion can reach up to 2 million scorvale units, but, tests haven't been able to duplicate this to know for sure. You wouldn't catch me going anywhere near those types of spices though. 

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my cocker spaniel monty just loves curries the hotter the better
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