It’s time to take a trip around the world to see the weirdest, biggest, hottest foods, and meet the people who make them, grow them, and eat them in record-breaking conditions. Most of these world records would be utterly incomprehensible to the common man – not everyone can eat several sticks of butter and keep ‘em down! But our record breakers are no ordinary people; they’d given any of us a run for our money any time.
It’s genuinely fascinating to see the way people eat around the world, and what extent they’ll go to, to make a name for themselves to break a Guinness world record. Let’s check out these extraordinary individuals and their awe-inspiring, record-breaking food acts.
Eating Excruciatingly Hot Chilli Peppers
19th June 2014 was the 151st birthday of Wilbur Scoville. Scoville found fame for devising a system for measuring the spiciness of chili; it’s called the Scoville scale. And our first food record is for eating the hottest chili peppers known to humanity – the Bhut Jolokia peppers, aka ghost peppers.
Amedonou Kankue broke the world record for the fastest time for eating Bhut Jolokia chili peppers, on Wilbur Scoville’s birthday. How apt! Originally from Togo, Kankue appeared on an Italian TV show to try his fate with the record. He ate ten whole Bhut Jolokia chillis within the breath-taking time of 30.70 seconds to set the record. He carefully chewed and swallowed every single one of them for the satisfaction of the onlooking judges. These ghost peppers are said to be 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.