Reigning champion "Hot Tamale" Sanchez of Layfayette, Louisiana in the United States successfully defended his title against eleven masochistic contenders in the Bienniel International Hot Pepper Eating Contest recently.
SV Competitors taking off their clothes
SV People looking on
CU Pepper being put on tray
SV AND CU Competitors eating pepper
SV Sign "International Hot Pepper Eating Contest"
CU Competitors eating pepper
CU Doctors checking competitors
CU Competitors eating pepper (4 shots)
Officials parade in front of competitors dressed in "Devil Suits"
CU Man looking on
SV Two of the competitors eat off for winner (2 shots)
SV Judge announcing winner PAN TO winner being crowned
SCU Women and child look on
SCU Winner speaking to reporter SOF STARTS : "Because of some sort of recognition ... SOF ENDS : ... try it for yourself."
CU Reporter takes pepper from champion bites and collapses
TRANSCRIPT: KEYSER: "These people, undressed as they are, have come from all over the country- mostly from Texas and Louisiana, through to the Bernaru Trappey plantation in Louisiana's Bayou country to ... well, mostly to display a stoic indifference to suffering. They are the twelve competitors chosen from among forty applicants for the biennial international hot pepper eating contest. A dozen men and women pitting their poker faces against nature's napalm - chili and jalapeno and serano peppers - and for those who survive the first heats, the secret weapon pepper- the dreaded chili bolero, a Spanish pepper reputed to be so hot that the most asbestos-mouthed must shudder, wince, choke, sweat, water at the eye, scream or display some other sign of suffering - the sort of thing which eliminated such pepper-popping luminaries as "Dragon Mouth" Draper and nineteen seventy three runner-up "Hot Lips Freidrichs". Finally the judges named the four finalists who would face the chili bolero. Only one would triumph. Well actually, two did. The judges couldn't decide wether George "Warm Wind" Winford of Baton Rouge or defending champion Juan "Hot Tamale" Sanchez of Layfayette, Louisiana reacted least to the gustatory thunderbolts.
A sudden-death eat-off was ordered. Winford ate two more of chili bolero with all the outward reaction of a cigar store Indian. Sanchez downed his with the aplomb to be expected from a veteran of more than a quarter of a million peppers. But Winford made a mistake. He ate his pepper in three bites instead of the stipulated two. Sanchez had successfully defended his title. With the taste of victory...and four varieties of hot peppers still fresh on his lips, he was asked why he did it...
SEQ. 15: SANCHEZ: "Because of some sort of recognition I guess."
REPORTER: "Does it ... (indistinct) really that hot?"
SANCHEZ: "Well, I'll just give you one to try for yourself, okay.
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Background: Reigning champion "Hot Tamale" Sanchez of Layfayette, Louisiana in the United States successfully defended his title against eleven masochistic contenders in the Bienniel International Hot Pepper Eating Contest recently. The eat-off was held in the Louisiana town of New Iberia.
The twelve men and women who took part came mainly from Texas and Louisiana and were chosen from forty applicants. In the first heats they had to keep straight faces and betray no signs of suffering as they chomped through searing serving of chili, jalapeno and serano peppers. For the four survivors - the ultimate test - the dreaded chili bolero-a Spanish pepper reputed to have been sown from a seed from Hades.
After this test only George "Warm Wind" Winford of Baton Rouge and the defending champ Juan "Hot Tamale" Sanchez were left. After another eat-off in which they both downed second doses of the chili bolero they were still neck to neck. Then Winford made a tragic mistake he ate his next pepper in three bites instead of two.
After he'd cooled off the triumphant Sanchez, who is reputed to have eaten about two million peppers during his flaming career, was asked by newsmen why he did it. "Because of some sort of recognition I guess" he said.
SYNOPSIS:In the town of New Iberia in Louisiana, U.S.A. recently a large crowd gathered to cheer on a group of people who really like it hot. Reporter, Jim Keyser of WDSU-TV, New Orleans was there to join in the fun.