A Wearside restaurant has added some X-rated heat to its menu and is now throwing down a challenge to the region’s bravest foodies.
Sunderland’s Purple Bar has introduced its own man versus food style contest, calling on diners to eat its chicken wings covered in a sauce made with three of the hottest chillies in the world.
The 10 Wing Tap Out Challenge takes its name from a Mixed Martial Arts term where fighters “tap out” to indicate they submit.
It involves so much heat that the bar is limiting it to over 18s only. And anyone who wants to take part has to also sign a disclaimer that they are aware of the risks they are taking.
The wings are covered in the bar’s MK1 Secret Recipe Chilli BBQ sauce. It uses chillies which are ranked at over one million units on the Scoville Scale, the recognised international measure of the heat of chillies.
The chef at the bar – who has to wear gloves when preparing the sauce - has combined the notorious Margula Scorpion pepper from Trinidad, the Naga chilli and the Florida-grown Ghost pepper.
“This challenge is definitely not for the faint hearted,” says Lorraine Griffiths of Nightlife NorthEast, which recently took over The Point.
Anyone taking part has 10 minutes to eat the 10 wings and is not allowed any further food or drink for at least five minutes afterwards.
“The furthest anyone has got so far is two wings,” says Lorraine.
Anyone who does succeed will be rewarded a refund of the £7.95 cost of the meal. Do let us know if you manage it!