It was a competition not for the faint-hearted but for those with a cast iron stomach.
The inaugural Cue For A Cause Australian Extreme Chilli Chicken Wing Challenge was held during the low and slow barbecue competition at Lakeside Tavern in Forster on Sunday July 29.
Krambach chill sauce master, Rob Dunn was asked by Cue for a Cause organisers, Gloucester’s Mick Blanchard and Linda Moir to arrange a hot challenge to coincide with the fundraising barbecue competition.
Rob had organised a chill eating contest before, but this was his first chilli chicken wing challenge.
The challenge saw competitors faced with the prospect of eating seven chicken wings covered in extremely hot chilli sauce without the option for a drink.
They would eat the first three, take a three minute break and return to eat the next four and wait another five minutes before they could drink; milk being the beverage of choice. The person to finish the fastest, won.
Each competitor had their own timer and was required to raise their hands and stick out their tongue once finished. Mouths were inspected to ensure all the goods were gone.
Four people braved the challenge, three men and one woman. One competitor got through two wings before giving up, while the others pressed on.
“Amanda (from Forster), was way ahead of the boys,” Rod explained.
She finished almost five minutes ahead of Preston Gowing who took second place. Rob said it wasn’t Preston’s first time taking on a chilli challenge having taken third place in The Bucketts Chilli Eating Competition in 2016.
The challenge wasn’t just held for fun, money raised from the entry fee and the auctioning off of the remaining two chicken wings raised a total of $115 for the Great Lakes Women’s Shelter.
The winners walked away with a trophy and a collection of prizes.