The heat is on

ORGANISER: Steve Bell, landlord at the Fishermans Arms, is looking forward to a good turn-out in this weekend's chilli-off
ORGANISER: Steve Bell, landlord at the Fishermans Arms, is looking forward to a good turn-out in this weekend's chilli-off

THEY’VE had a curry competition and an apple-crumble contest - now it’s the turn of the chilli-off.

The heat is on in kitchens around the Headland as hopefuls cook up their best chilli in the hope of winning the crown.

And the competition is hotting up ahead of the competition in the Fishermans Arms, on the Headland, this Saturday.

Landlord Steve Bell arranged the previous two competitions in the pub which caused quite a stir with more than a dozen keen cooks turning out at each event.

And he said he has already had a lot of interest in this weekend’s contest, including one hopeful who is going to knock up an American-style chilli.

Steve, 51, said: “It’s all good fun and really laid back but that’s not to say our hopefuls won’t get extra competitive when it comes to the judging.”

Those interested in taking part don’t need to sign up in advance.

All the cooks have to do is turn up at the pub at 6pm on Saturday with their chilli dish and some rice before the contest gets underway.

Each hopeful will then try every chilli before giving each dish a score.

Steve, who runs the pub, in Southgate, with Mandy Jackson, 50, a mum of Emily Whitehead, 14, added: “There’s no prize for the winner, it’s just the pride of having the best chilli dish.

“I think everyone who enters thinks they will cook up the best dish and they will win, everyone will be quite confident.

“Some of the curries and the apple crumbles we had in the previous competitions were absolutely delicious so if the chilli is anything like that then everyone is in for a treat.”

Meanwhile, music fans are in for a treat as a selection of acoustic musicians will perform at the pub on Saturday, February 1 from 8pm.

The event, hosted by town promoters PinDrop, will be headlined by Dan Donnelly and will also feature Cherry Head, Cherry Heart and 3 at Sea.