Competitors in hospital after 'killer curry' comp


Two people have been hospitalised after competing in the "world's hottest chilli" competition in Scotland, Britain's national broadcaster reports.

According to the BBC, paramedics were called to the Kismot Indian restaurant in Edinburgh at the weekend after competitors became violently ill.

The event requires competitors to eat the "Kismot Killer" curry, which some likened to having your "stomach chainsawed".

American Curie Kim, a 21-year-old-student at Edinburgh University told the BBC she the challenge was very painful.

"It was very painful and felt like I was being chainsawed in the stomach with hot sauce on the chainsaw," she said. "I have learned my lesson and will never do it again and, in fact, I will be cutting down on my spice intake full stop.

"The woman who won ate the last bowl in four seconds and then ran outside to be sick where as I didn't so I've learned I should have had a game plan like that.

"There were three rounds and I managed half of the last bowl.

"I was in so much pain I wasn't aware of what was going on around me and when I got to hospital they gave me medicine for the indigestion.
"I don't think the restaurant should do it any more as I think there are a lot less painful ways to raise money for charity."

Ms Kim came second in the competition.

Organiser Abdul Ali told the BBC the British Red Cross at the event couldn't cope.

"We put our hands up. We did have to call the emergency services for a couple of our participants."

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said two patients were taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after becoming very unwell at the restaurant.

"We would urge the organisers to review the way in which this event is managed in future in order to avoid another situation where emergency ambulances are required to treat their customers," he told the BBC.

Participants are required to sign a legal disclaimer before taking part in the competition, which raised more than 1000 ($A1600) for the Scottish children's charity Chas.

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