Doctor becomes first person to finish world's hottest curry served in Grantham
A doctor with a taste for danger has succeeded where more than 300 have failed - polishing off what is believed to be the world's hottest curry served at a Grantham Indian restaurant.
Consultant radiologist Ian Rothwell is the first person to finish, some might say the appropriately-named, The Widower on the menu at Bindi.
Mr Rothwell consumed the entire chicken curry, which topped a whopping 6 million scovilles, last night during an outing to the London Road Indian restaurant with his family.
The dish comprised between 15 and 20 Naga Infinity chillies - the second hottest on the planet and grown in Grantham by Fire Foods - boosted by Naga extract.
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One Infinity is more than 200 times hotter than a jalapeno, can reduce a grown man to tears and cause mouth blisters and burns.
Muhammed Karim, managing director and executive chef at Bindi, told granthampeople: "It took Mr Rothwell just over an hour to eat The Widower - but that included a 10 minute walk down Grantham High Street when he started hallucinating.
"His wife was pretty worried and went out looking for him.
"More than 300 people have tackled The Widower before - including about 10 women - but no one has ever been able to finish one.
"Most manage about seven mouthfuls before they give up.
"We've had people sweating, crying, shaking and vomiting.
"We even had to ring an ambulance once."
Muhammed said Mr Rothwell, who is a regular curry eater from Sudbrooke, excelled at the culinary challenge.
"Apart from spotting a few tears in his eyes, and the short period of hallucinating, he was cool and collected and seemed to cope very well.
"I have tried The Widower and it really is a killer.
"Even making it is a painful experience - despite wearing goggles and a protective face mask.
"Mr Rothwell is a legend as far as I'm concerned."
Mr Rothwell was required to sign a disclaimer acknowledging his awareness of the nature and risks involved with eating the curry before attempting to start his meal.