Chilli cook-off is hotting up

Chilli-off challengers Zak Goodwill and Thelma Adams face each other
Chilli-off challengers Zak Goodwill and Thelma Adams face each other

A PUB landlady is hoping to cook up a storm in a fundraising chilli cook-off.

Thelma Adams, 49, featured in the Mail earlier this year when she took part in the Causeway’s very first such competition to create the best corned beef pie.

The event, which raised money for Hartlepool & District Hospice, was such a roaring success that punters wanted another slice of the action.

But this time Thelma is having to prove her credentials once again in the kitchen by cooking up a winning chilli.

The mum-of-three was challenged by pub regular Zak Goodwill as to who could make the best dish.

The challenge was agreed, a date was set and now Thelma is urging others to come along and bring their best chilli to the pub, in Stranton, next Saturday, August 11.

And not only will the quirky event prove a lot of fun, it will also raise much needed funds for the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Thelma, who runs the pub alongside her partner, Sean Bell, 45, admits she might need to touch up on her chilli-making skills this week, but is confident her secret recipe will do the trick.

“I haven’t actually made chilli in about two years,” she said.

“But I have my own secret ingredients and I’m sure they will serve me well.

“I’m sure there will be a competitive edge to the competition, but it’s all good fun and it’s helping a fantastic cause.”

As well as the chilli-off, punters can enjoy musical performances from James Walker and the Beatrats, alongwith a quiz and a raffle.

Al Winton, secretary of the Hartlepool and Seaton Carew branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind, said: “It’s a fantastic thing that the Causeway are doing for us and we are extremely grateful.

“We will do everything we can to assist the organisers because we need all the help we can get.

“It costs £49,000 to fund a working guide dog, £7,000 every year.

“We have 12 guide dogs in Hartlepool meaning we need to raise £84,000 every year.

“Obviously we can’t raise that amount alone and we are helped by organisations, but we certainly try to raise as much as we can.

“Events like this one are a big help.”

The event will get underway at 7pm.

Tickets, priced at £3 including chilli and rice are available from behind the bar in the pub.

Anyone who wishes to take part should contact the pub in advance on (01429) 273954.