GRANTHAM is officially home to the hottest chilli in the world after recognition from the prestigious Guinness Book of World Records this week.
Nick “Woody” Woods made headlines around the world when his Infinity Chilli broke all records by measuring 1.17 million on the scoville scale measuring the spicy heat of chilli peppers.
Woody runs his own business, Fire Foods, from his home in Manthorpe Estate, Grantham, and grew the record-breaking chilli in his greenhouse.
He said “We do feel quite honoured to get it because everyone in the world has heard of the Guinness Book of World Records.
“Even if someone else comes along and beats it, they can never take it away from us that we once held the world record.”
The Infinity chilli beat the former number one, Bhut Jolokia, grown in India, which is so potent it is used in army hand grenades.
Woody will be crossing his fingers for the next few months in the hope his chilli remains on top long enough to make it into the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records - released in September.
He said: “Hopefully when the book comes out for Christmas we will be in it because it will be seen by people around the world.
“That’s all I want, just to make into one book. It’s not every day someone from Grantham makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records and I’m available to switch on the Christmas lights this year if anyone wants me!”
Woody runs Fire Foods with his wife Zoe. The pair made headlines around the world when the news emerged of their record-breaking chilli.
Woody said: “The interest has never really gone away which is brilliant. There are dozens of people who grow chillies around the country but we just got lucky really.”
l Watch the Journal’s Toby Roberts take the Infinity Chilli challenge on Youtube. The video already has more than 17,000 hits. Watch the video by logging on to tinyurl.com/infinitychilli