Sue Callaghan wrote: > Check out this great web site - devoted to chiles and poking fun at > Microsoft! > http://www.nandos.co.za Hi there, Just a quick addition from another Nandophile. It happens that I was roped in to judge a chile-eating competition run by Banditos, another SA "hot foods" company. Now, I've never really liked the idea of eating raw chiles competitively: I mean I like salt in my food, I like chiles in my food, but I wouldn't eat handfuls of either. Be that as it may, the contest was held in the Good Hope Centre in Cape Town, it featured 20 of the hardest-core CHs I 've come across, some entering on behalf of their company. The first two rounds, in which contestants started on whole raw cayennes and cherry bombs eliminated no contestants (rules were no facial expression change, no spitting, gagging etc). A round with quarter habaneros also failed to cut the numbers. A round with half habs finally cut out a few and for a change of capsaicin we went to Aji Amarillo, which had numbers down to 8. A further round of whole habs got us down to 4 including a lady who we thought was going to win until she suddenly lost it (she later explained that she'd brushed her eye with a habby hand) . The winner turned out to be a Nandos employee, from Mozambique: he finished with a flourish by eating a few extra habs as a lap of honour.....Nandos rules!