Three new Reviewers join the Chilefoundry team

by Thelurch on November 5, 2012 · 5 comments

in General Information

Here at Chilefoundry, we are kept quite busy writing news/reviews and sharing as much other Chilli related information to you the readership. As this is a Hobby/Passion/Obsession/Addiction for us, we are not paid and do have real normal jobs to pay the bills, so from time to time life gets in the way. We are a small team of reviewers, Myself, Darth, Marty, Scooby and David Kelly, with ad-hoc contributions from others including David Floyd, the previous Editor.

With that in mind and to alleviate some of the pressure on the writers, I have been approaching a few Chileheads who I feel might have the right credentials to become reviewers on the team. So it is with great pleasure that I would like to welcome Rob House, Clare Cameron and Chris Whitehouse to the writing team. They may be familiar to you or completely new but here is some info on each of them;

Rob House

“I have always been an adventurous eater. When I was 18, I moved away from my parents farm in Dorset to study Computer Science at the University of Portsmouth.

It was here that I first discovered Asian supermarkets and my love of chillies. As a student, curries and chilli con carne were staples of my diet. This was mainly because they could be prepared in advance and reheated at a later time. The Asian supermarkets in Portsmouth contained many exotic fruits and vegetables that I had never seen in rural Dorset – these included Scotch Bonnet chillies. Fresh chillies quickly became a favourite ingredient of mine and I have been regularly cooking with them since.

In 2011, I went to the West Dean Chilli Fiesta and was blown away by the number of small producers and the exceptional products that they had to offer. It was also around this time that I discovered the ChileFoundry and Darth Naga’s Funhouse ‘O’ Pain”

Clare Cameron

“I never really ate much chilli growing up but when I left home to go to uni I started trying different foods and learning how to cook.

I realised how much I liked chilli and experimented with different chillies and gradually made food hotter and hotter.

Challenging myself to eat hotter food gave me a buzz and soon found standard supermarket chillies were not enough to satisfy my chilli cravings so started growing my own superhot variety and buying specialist hot sauces, daring myself to put more in each time. It soon got to the point the majority of my friends couldn’t eat my food and if they did I got accused of trying to kill them!

I started looking around for eating places that boasted super hot food such as Naga etc.

I then, inspired by Man Vs Food started looking for UK challenges but found most were about heat and quantity. I was happy to eat anything hot but not a mass of food as it just seemed a self destroying thing to do and as someone who is trying to watch my weight could not put my body through eating insane amounts of food. Then in September I went to my first Chilli Festival, FieryFoodsUK in Brighton and entered my first competiton, the Man Vs Fire Buffet which I won! Since I started eating hot food it has definitely proved to be an addiction and a passion I am even considering a chilli tattoo!

 Chris Whitehouse

“I would like to thank the Chilefoundry team for letting me board the heat ship and sail upon the fiery seas, reviewing products and potentially burning my soul to death, cheers guys!

My name is Chris Whitehouse, I’m 29 years young and I have always been a fan of hot food and sauces. But in the last 3 years or so, I have really become passionate about collecting sauces etc, and also growing my own chillis (mainly superhots) in my garden. Each year my chilli growing space gets gradually bigger. My first grow was in a cheap plastic, walk in greenhouse, then I moved onto a 10×8 greenhouse and if all goes well, next year I will be growing in a mahooosive 100ft x 50ft polytunnel PARTY ON! So yeah you could say I’m a crazy Chillihead and yes, I love being one! The chilli world has some of the best characters around, as you all should know. Having met lots of them this year at Upton Cheyney Chilli Fest, it was a pleasure and needs to be done again very soon, and I’m going to try my hardest to attend many more fests next year. Roll on 2013! last but not least, as well as the Chilefoundry I would like to thank ‘Darth Naga’s funhouse of pain’ , a group on facebook and if you are not a member, ask to join now! The group has a vast amount of knowledge between us and has helped me and many other peeps all over the globe with any problems with growing chillis, finding products and being up to date with the latest chilli news. If it wasn’t for his group I don’t think my passion would be as big as it is now.”


These guys have submitted a sample review of their choice as part of their “recruitment”, these reviews will be published shortly.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar David Kelly November 5, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Welcome to the team.


avatar Bart J. Meijer November 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Hey Chris, congrats !


avatar Tom B November 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Top guy Chris! Chilli on!


avatar Rick Saunders November 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Well done folks!


avatar Marty November 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm

Welcome on board folks.


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