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News & Views Which curry is the world’s hottest?


their plate will get their meal free and have their photo taken with me and the chef and posted on our website. We’ll also give them a certificate.”


Colchester restaurant, Ivory Spice, has claimed to produce world’s hot- test curry. The Ivory Scorcher contains 10 Naga Viper chillies, and owner Syful Alam says, “Anyone who can clear


Previous claims on the ‘hottest curry’ title have come from London’s Cinnamon Club, the Brick Lane Curry House in Manhattan and the Rupali Restaurant in Newcastle. All make use of Naga chillies, which score a million- plus score on the Scoville scale, which is used to measure the heat in a chilli. Syful says, “Bird’s eye chillies come in at up to 100,000 on the scale, but Naga chillies score between 850,000 and 1,359,000. They’re seriously hot!”


The restaurant usually offers tra- ditional and tandoori dishes with a modern twist from chef, Albert Gomez,


who has worked in five star hotels in India and Bangladesh. Syful adds, “The Ivory Scorcher is just a bit of fun, really. Albert fancied the challenge, and we thought that as Colchester is an army town we might have a few guys who want to show us what they’re made of!”


Another restaurant claiming to have the hottest curry anywhere in the world is Glasgow’s cafe India, which has created the amusingly named Tikka Chance. Customers have to sign a medical disclaimer waiving their right to sue before eating the fiery dish. Chef Bablu Rodrick’s curry is said to be rated at 1.18 million on the Scoville scale. Cafe India says it will present any customer who finishes the dish with a special certificate.


Policeman who tried restaurant con is jailed


West Midlands Police sergeant Hemantsinh Vasia and his partner in crime, Mark Thomas, have been given prison sentences of 15 and 14 months respec- tively for trying to con the Red Mango restaurant in Tividale, near Dudley.


Vasia smashed a window at the restaurant before telling owners it was the work of a fictitious crimi- nal gang called the O’Reilly’s, who wanted £15,000 to stop further attacks. The owners of restaurant initially paid Vasia £5,000, but he was arrested after an investigation by anti-corruption police.


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Spice Business Magazine 14 March 2011


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