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Champion curry chomping: an opportunity to revisit disclaimers?

The Scottish Ambulance Service was understandably a bit miffed when its Saturday afternoon was interrupted by a call from the Kismot curry house, requiring transport to hospital for two participants in its Kismot Killer curry eating competition.  A charitable endeavour, raising money for a children's charity, the aims of the competition were undeniably noble. 
An American student who came second in the competition had some graphic, tactical words of wisdom for future competitors:
"It was very painful and felt like I was being chainsawed in the stomach with hot sauce on the chainsaw.   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."
Happily for the curry house, the BBC website confirms "on the restaurant's website it insists that participants sign a legal disclaimer before taking part in the competition". 
Local councillors were less amused.  Gordon Mackenzie called the event a "shambles" and said: "The owners owe a debt to the ambulance service, and I hope they'll find some way of making it up to them." 
Let's hope it's not with an all you can eat Kismot Killer curry buffet...
On a final note on the subject, all credit to the Mirror for one of my favourite headlines for a while: "Vindaloonacy"... 

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  • Jemma

    10/6/2011 10:32:01 PM |

    I lol'd at "vindaloonacy"! I went to Kismot last year as part of a group, two of my friends tried the Killer. They didn't seem very happy after. I've got a few photos and quotes on my blog, if anyone's interested in a first hand experience?


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