It’s been a Burning Desire of Jason Stevens for a few years to start his own Chilli business, and just over two years that dream became a real possibility when Jason entered a Chilli Sauce called Burning Desire in the Amateur Hot Sauce awards at Fiery Foods, one of the top UK Chilli Festivals held in his hometown of Brighton. He won the competition and a year later Burning Desire Foods was born. This year marked the 2nd Anniversary of the company, at the Festival held in Victoria Gardens and a momentous moment as the Company was awarded Best Chilli Company 2013.
Jason, who makes all the sauces himself by hand, had been working in a normal day job but was made redundant just before the event which saw him win the Amateur Hot Sauce Award, so there was now nothing in his way to start the company. Initially only making Chilli Sauce, Jason increased his range of sauces always concentrating on the flavour of the chilli being used and adding other flavours to compliment the fiery ingredient.
This was a tightly fought competition with lots of entries and judged by 3 of the Chilefoundry review team in a blind tasting.
But it’s not all about Hot Sauce for Burning Desire, the company recently released chilli salts, chilli spiced sugars and a first for the UK Chilli Industry, Chilli Butters.
These were launched officially at Great Dorset and have proved to be a runaway success. They are available in three flavours, Piri Piri, Chipotle and King Naga.
It was the combination of the excellent flavours Jason combines in his Hot Sauces and the innovation of the Chilli Butters that won Burning Desire it’s 2nd Award of the event, and the most prestigious of all, The Best Chilli Company in the UK 2013. Jason freely admits he was in shock when Burning Desire was announced, but it was a well deserved win for the Brighton company on their 2nd Anniversary.