Amedonou Kankue, a man from Togo, has eaten three bhut jolokia chillis in a record-breaking amount of time on the ‘Guinness World Records Italian Show’, the “Lo Show dei Record” in Milan.
Amedonou Kankue achieved the remarkable feat in a matter of 30.70 seconds. Bear in mind that the bhut jolokia chilli is one of the hottest chillis in the world. It is estimated to be 400 times hotter than tabasco sauce. You get the idea.
Four participants were chosen beforehand to give it a shot. Another participant was the three chilli record champion Jason McNabb. But, Kankue surpassed him in the ability to consume such hot chillies, and became the man to achieve the fastest time to eat them.
The “hotness” of the chilli was determined thanks to the work of American chemist Wilbur Scoville, the so-called inventor of the scale for chilli spiciness. He had used the sense of taste back in 1912 to ‘design’ his scale. His technique involved dissolving a chilli grain in an alcoholic solution mixed with sweetened water. It was diluted further and further until it became indiscernable by a group of testers. The chillies with the highest ratings were those that required the greatest dilution.
Chilli Scoville rating
- Peperoncini 100–500
- Jalapeño 2,500–5,000
- Cayenne 30,000–50,000 Tabasco
- Scotch bonnet 80,000–300,000
- Bhut Jolokia 800,000–1.04 million
- Naga viper 1.38 million
- Carolina reaper 1.56 million (the hottest chilli)