We selected Cliff as after twenty+ years in the food industry he started The Devon ChilliMan Business and glammed up one of his catering vans with a vinyl chilli coating. Then this year he took on a very major and very altruistic endeavor of working inside Channingswood Prison to take over their 7 massive and then unused polytunnels, working with unskilled prisoners, to grow over 2000 chilli plants using the Autopot water system and a feed from Growth Technology.
As you can imagine this is a big gamble and it has taken almost all of Cliff’s time and energy to make it happen, he has even ended up with a serious stay in Hospital. This success of the prison project has seen Chilli Pods become a tradable commodity at the prison and there are lots of stories to be told about what you can and cannot leave lying around that could be used to aid and escape.
After growing a range of chilies Cliff has to sell his crop to recoup the ever growing setup/running costs, and I am happy to say he has managed to do this in his first year with still some pods left to pick and from what I have seen he has some very happy new customers from all around the country.
Just incase you wondered who the runner up was this year is was the amazing Adam Marks from Mr Vikki’s who always seem to do an amazing job producing gold medal winning chilli products.
We would like to thank all the readers who recommended people/companies for this award.
Stuart McAllister (AKA Dr. Hotz!) at Hot-Headz has some christmas offers that will be added to your order FOC when you spend over £30 or £40 (excluding delivery).
Spend over £30 and you get a Chilli Pepper design 4GB Flash Drive USB Stick and a set of Chilli design Cork Drinks Coasters.
Spend over £40 and you get all the above plus a Large reusable Chilli Design zip up Bag, a Chilli Design Chefs Gauntlet and a decorative Chiilli Ristra string to brighten up your kitchen, dining room or office.
What we really like is that you don’t have to remember a special code or reference number, the commerce system will add these to you basket at ZERO cost.
October has thankfully been a great month in my Chilli grow after a very disappointing so called summer. Ive been so busy that I’ve completely forgotten about getting round to doing this blog, so I’m sorry it’s late for those of you who are kindly following me. The Autopot Watering System along with nutrients from Growth Technology has proved a very successful partnership and I can’t thank all involved in this first year of growing on this scale enough !!
The UK chilli community is certainly a great one indeed as I’ve also had great encouragement from them also of which I’m extremely grateful. Ive got some really exciting plans for next year which I’m bursting to announce but I am awaiting confirmation right now.
Here are some pictures of the chillies in all their glory.
A lot of you will already know Neil Smith and his company The Hippy Seed Company from his YouTube channel (it has had well over 3 million views). He has a chilli nursery at Umina Beach on the Central Coast in NSW, Australia where he grows over 70 different chilli varieties and Neil was one of the first (if not the first) to record video reviews of different chilli varieties he was growing.
Well we came across this old video about Neil made by Berk Bolluk that we think you will enjoy, it show you how chillies has changed a mans life.