Crazy, Stupid and not fun

Check out Glasgow’s most daunting food challenge at Brooklyn Café, where I ate as many hot wings as I could possibly face.

CSF Magazine stands for Crazy Stupid Fun. This food challenge was definitely crazy, undoubtedly stupid of me to even attempt it and I can personally guarantee you that it was not fun.

I will admit, I chose this challenge because I thought it would be easier than trying to eat a 26-inch pizza or a burger the size of my head. How wrong I was.

Brooklyn Café has stood in the southside of Glasgow since 1931 and current Chef, Jonny McDonald decided to try his best to create something different and new. He said: “We started the burger challenge, which was our first challenge and we decided to add in challenges where we saw fit.”

Brooklyn Café seems to always be fairly busy and the food challenge isn’t the only reason for that. However, in today’s age of Facebook and Twitter, things like food challenges can create viral content and help small businesses create a presence online.
Jonny said: “It helps us massively on social media. Some of the posts can go to ten or twenty times as much as our regular posts.”

Brooklyn Cafe is located in Shawlands

Now, the spice of this food challenge is not for the faint of heart. Jonny reckons there is about 3-4 million SVH (Scoville Heat Units). That is almost eight times higher than the Scotch Bonnet or Habanero Pepper (100,000-500,000 SVH).

You may think that this challenge could cause some serious side effects. It can definitely cause some serious pain if you touch certain parts of your body after touching the sauce and it may cause you some problems on the toilet the next morning. Regardless of that, there is no real proof that this level of spiciness is bad for you.

Capsaicin at its purest form tops the Scoville scale at 16 million SVH. At its purest form, it is possible for this to be poison, but capsaicin has also been used for medical purposesCapsaicin has been proved to help reduce hunger and lower blood pressure.

Chilli Peppers and their Scoville Heat Units

So, as extreme as this challenge is, it seems to be safe.

It was definitely the most difficult thing I have ever faced, but that might not be the case for you.

For all you vegetarians and Vegans out there, don’t think you’re getting off the hook. Keep your eyes peeled on the Brooklyn Café Facebook as Jonny is working in creating a Cauliflower wing challenge with the same sauce and intensity as the Chicken Wing challenge.

Jonny said: “We do have the plan to make the wing challenge our first vegan accessible challenge, because as of now all our challenges are meat based.

“If we do that, we will look to get a pop-up night going, to see how many vegans we can get in and make them cry.”

If you want to get involved in the challenge you can contact Jonny via The Brooklyn Café Facebook to help set up your challenge.

By Josh Carmichael


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