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Winner of Chilli Eating Contest at Dorothy Clive Garden Centre (15th October 2013)

Winner of Chilli Eating Contest at Dorothy Clive Garden Centre

Steven Woodward from Mushemi Fire in Rugeley, Staffordshire, was the lucky contestant to win a 7 night bed and breakfast stay for two at the True Blue Bay Hotel in Grenada, the Caribbean at the 2nd Annual Chilli Festival 2013 on Sunday 29th September 2013.

In total, there were 18 sauces entered into the ‘True Blue Bay Best Chilli Sauce Contest’ which was judged by spice expert, chef, TV presenter and culinary expert, Emma Grazette at 3.30pm at the 2nd Dorothy Clive Garden 2nd Annual Chilli Festival on Sunday 29th September 2013.

Steven Woodward’s sauce ‘Mother’s Ruin’ was chosen by Emma Grazette for its simplicity yet flavoursome notes. The hot sauce, includes the ingredients fermented Scotch Bonnets, lemon, gin, sugar and vinegar.

Steven’s brand new business, Mushemi Fire, sells Zambian inspired chilli products and is the Brainchild of Steve Woodward &  Alastair Cole.

Steven Woodward said, ‘I am absolutely delighted that my fermented gin hot sauce ‘Mother’s Ruin’ won the True Blue Bay Best Chilli Sauce Contest judged by Emma Grazette. To have won a week’s break in Grenada at the True Blue Bay Hotel is just so exciting. I am particularly pleased as the hotel specialises in cookery and spices inspired from its local culture, which is what Mushemi Fire is all about. Our very first batch of Mother's Ruin will be ready for release in the coming weeks, as soon as the ferments have worked their magic!

Magdalena Fielden, owner of the True Blue Resort said,   ‘We were very happy to have supported the Dorothy Clive Garden 2nd Annual Chilli Festival.  At True Blue Bay we are passionate about food and try to introduce our guests to the many diverse foods and spices produced locally in Grenada.  Steven Woodward of Mushemi will be able to pick up some further culinary tips at the weekly cookery demonstration run by our cooks, Esther and Omega, when he comes to visit us.  No trip to the Caribbean is complete without some rum, so we also hold weekly rum tastings which include some of our local rums.”

Malcolm Knight of Fatman Chilli, was the runner up with his sauce ‘Scorchio’ which included scotch bonnet chillies, onion, garlic, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, cayenne chilli powder, salt, mustard, water, sugar, cider vinegar, lemon juice and tequila.  Malcolm was awarded five handmade, organic Grenadian chocolate bars sponsored by the Grenada Tourist Board and made by the Grenada Chocolate Company. The Grenada tourist board sponsored the event due to the connection with Emma Grazette and her love of Grenada.

The contest was open to both amateurs and professionals, aged 18 and above, and the judge - Emma Grazette – was looking for the sauce with the best flavour, texture and blend.