Crazy News Stories about the World's Hottest Curries

Posted on 11th January 2016

Can you handle the heat? At Chakra, we love a curry – but these people took their passion for peppers to a whole new level. Take a look at these eye-watering news stories about the world’s hottest curries.

1. The doctor who became the first person to eat the UK’s hottest curry – despite suffering hallucinations from the dish.

In January 2013, Dr Ian Rothwell, 55, was hailed a hero for becoming the first person to finish the hottest curry served at a UK restaurant. Made with 20 Naga Infinity Chillis, the second hottest chillis in the world, ‘The Widower’ curry reaches an incredible six million units on the Scoville Scale, making it hotter than tear gas. (Tabasco sauce, meanwhile, will measure anywhere from 3,500 to 8,000 units.)

The consultant radiologist took over an hour to eat the curry, becoming the first of 300 people to successfully finish the dish.

The restaurant’s managing director Muhammed Karin said: 

“Most manage about seven mouthfuls before they give up. We’ve had people sweating, crying, shaking and vomiting. We even had to ring an ambulance once. Dr Rothwell is a legend as far as I’m concerned.”

2. The ‘World’s Hottest Curry’ – so hot the chefs wear gas masks to make it.

A restaurant in New York is serving a curry so hot that some diners have collapsed after tasting it.

Known as the ‘world’s hottest curry’, the ‘Phaal’ contains eight of the world’s spiciest chillis, including the Bhut Naga Jolokia, which is used by the Indian Military to make tear gas. Served at Brick Lane, a British-themed restaurant in Manhattan, the curry is 200 times hotter than original Tabasco sauce and leaves guests shaking and vomiting. 

Restaurant manager Dhiraj Tiwari said:

“We have to get diners to agree to a verbal disclaimer before they try the curry because it contains so many chillies it can be dangerous.

“The curry is so hot, people have suffered hallucinations while eating it. Lots of people have fainted while eating it and we’ve had to call 911 for people who have collapsed after eating it.

“I had one guy who actually threw up on me after eating it but when you serve the world’s hottest curry, I guess you could call that an occupational hazard.”

3. The couple who spent a month eating fiery chillis so they could become the first to polish off the infamous ‘Crocodile Inferno’.

Wez and Caroline Cartwright might look like an ordinary couple, but in September 2014 they became the first people to finish the ‘Crocodile Inferno’ – a curry made from crocodile meat and the hottest chillis in the world. Served at the Dilshad restaurant in Cannock, the ‘Crocodile Inferno’ is even hotter than the restaurant’s first spicy creation the ‘Dilshad inferno’.

Restaurant owner Tony Uddin had previously said: “I can’t see anybody finishing it.”

However, teacher Caroline, 31, and construction worker Wez, 34, defeated the fiery dish. That’s one couple who know how to spice up their relationship!

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