Burns night: Ross the postie is Scotland’s first chilli eating champion


IT took some sweat and tears but the person believed to be Scotland’s first chilli eating king has been crowned.

Five participants battled it out, eating a selection of the hottest chillies and chilli sauces available.

But Ross Heatherill, 20, a postman from Dalkeith, Midlothian reigned supreme and even went on to complete the whole nine rounds despite winning by the sixth.

He said:  “I seen it on an American reality TV show about two months ago and I said to my girlfriend I’d like to do it.

“I was trying to make it look like it wasn’t bothering me to be honest but it was, especially the last chilli. It was really spicy, it was something else.”

Edinburgh’s first Mexican restaurant, Tex Mex 2, held what is believed to be Scotland’s first chilli eating contest today (Wed) to raise money for charity.

Donald Mavor, owner and head chef, said: “Last year I started a new Tex Mex 2 tradition, of holding charity events at the restaurant on my birthday. The 2010 event, which raised money for both Macmillan Cancer Support and the earthquake in Haiti, was a great success.

“We’re hoping to raise even more money this year, this time for Radio Forth’s “Cash for Kids” charity.”

Ross won ‘bragging rights’, a trophy, dinner for two at Tex Mex 2, along with a supply homemade Fat Donny’s hot chilli sauce and a bottle of tequila.”