Heat is on for chilli challenge at The Causeway

Chilli-off challenger Thelma Adams pictured outside the Causeway pub.

Chilli-off challenger Thelma Adams pictured outside the Causeway pub.

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COMPETITION will hot up this week as a pub hosts its second annual ‘Chilli-off’ contest.

The Causeway pub, in Hartlepool, will be holding a chilli-based fundraising night this Saturday in aid of James Cook hospital’s A&E department, with the main event being a hotly-contested cook-off to determine who makes the meanest chilli.

As well as the cook-off, the winner of which will be decided by a panel of three as-yet-unconfirmed judges, the fundraising night will feature a chilli quiz, live music from blues band ACME Blues Company, a raffle and a free chilli supper.

The event will be the second ‘chilli-off’ night held at the pub, after last summer’s fundraiser raised over £200 for the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Thelma Adams, landlady of The Causeway, is hopeful that this Saturday’s event will be a great success and will raise even more money than last year.

She said: “We’re hoping to really beat the total raised from last time, and fingers crossed we’ll get a few people down, and a few entries in for the chilli-cooking contest.”

Thelma, 50, who runs The Causeway in Stranton alongside partner Sean Bell, 46, took home the top prize last year, and is keen for competitors to step forward.

She said: “Since I won it last time it’ll be me versus everyone else who wants to enter, but I’m confident that I can do it again.

“If anybody wants to put in a chilli all they have to do is bring it along in a plastic tub, and the winner will get their name printed on the coveted plaque on the wall.”

Anybody wishing to attend the fundraising night, which starts at 8pm, can buy tickets from The Causeway in advance or on the door for £4 each, with all proceeds going to the A&E department of James Cook Hospital.

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the event, and donations for raffle prizes are welcome.