Chilefoundry

Writing reviews for Chilefoundry takes time so I am often on the lookout for like minded people to join the team, the workload is vast, and being volunteers, the review team do it because they have a passion or an addiction to chilli in all it’s forms. Every now and then, new people come along who have a good knowledge of the chilli scene, and a couple of weeks ago whilst at Grim Reaper Foods Halloween Restaurant takeover this happened;

John and Sianne – “The Shepsters” – If you are a regular UK Chilli Festival attendee, you may well have seen these guys. They have always been “foodies”, with a particular fondness for world foods which give the opportunity to try new flavours.

Their attraction to chillies and hot sauces began several years ago with a visit to South Devon Chilli Farm while on holiday, where John picked up his first ever chilli plant – a Bolivian Rainbow – which was kept as a decorative houseplant. 

This led to an increasing fascination with the idea of chilli growing – starting off in the house with about five varieties of mainly ornamental plants and developing over the years to become a polytunnel and several smaller greenhouses in the garden as well as houseplants, and more than 40 varieties of chillies being cultivated in the last year alone.

John enjoys the growing side of the chilli scene, as well as smothering every possible foodstuff with hot sauce, while Sianne’s interests lie more in the culinary uses of both the pods and chilli products of all kinds.

John and Sianne will be reviewing as a couple so keep your eyes peeled for their first review very soon

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Here at Chilefoundry, we have quite a big workload, and with more and more companies requesting a review of their products, this workload is increasing. Whilst we would all love to review full time, we all have real jobs to pay the bills so reviewing is our hobby and passion. So to try and share the load I would like to introduce and welcome James Fowkes, or Jamopepper as some will already know him on Twitter, to the writing team, and here are James’s own words on his chilli history and why I got him involved.

“I was never a fan of food when I was younger, but my first curry was a vindaloo then I discovered nacho’s with jalapeno at the cinema. After that chillis became a regular part of my life and I am now a well travelled adventurous eater.

Its not just about finding the hottest pepper for me, if you want heat its easy to find and not too hard to make. I am a complete foodie and appreciate the full taste experience and balance of flavours, as well as that endorphin rush from a good chilli hit!

For over a decade I have also grown chillis, starting from my kitchen window to several chilli grows and a larger plot in my garden. In partnership with growing I have been a regular attendee at the Westdean chilli fiesta for nearly 10 years in a row now, even help out on some stalls at other events like the Fiery Foods Festival and Shoreham Chilli Fest.

My love of travel has led me to some interesting places and spicy discoveries. I have spent 2 months living in Mexico tasting and testing chillies as part of my fascination and fondness for Mexican food and culture, including good tequila! Travelling across places like South East Asia and Costa Rica has further introduced me to not just hot chillis but the variety of spicy cuisine which I bring into my own cooking at home.

As a result, my regular chilli stash has representation from many small UK producers and well as several international and authentic Mexican products. I have also been very lucky to be involved in pre launch hot sauce tasting and product design for a few producers too.

My chilli community and obsession continue to grow and now I am happy to be invited into the ChileFoundry review team. You can also find me on twitter @jamopepper”

So there you have it, James has already been hard at work and his reviews will be published soon.

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As I type this newsletter, I look at the date and realise we are over halfway through 2013! How did that happen? and it seems the sun has been showing it’s face and is predicted to do so into the weekend and beyond, much to the joy of event organisers and chilli growers alike. This weekend (6th & 7th) we have a big event just outside Newcastle, the North East Chilli Fest which promises to be bigger and better than last year, I am going so please say Hi.

Now those of you who have paid attention to recent posts on the site will have read that we promoting a competition with Gran Luchito solely in this newsletter, but only in the actual emailed version. This competition is to win 1 of 2 gift sets containing a jar of their smoked chilli paste, smoked chilli mayo and smoked chilli honey. The only way to enter was by clicking on the link in the emailed version of this article. This would take you through to the Gran Luchito competition page. The competition is open from now until 9.00pm on Monday 8th July, and is open to anyone, worldwide.

Gran Luchito Gift Set

So here we have all the articles published during June:

News & General Information:

Reviews:

Chilli Event Reviews:

 

 

This Newsletter is sponsored by Hot-Headz

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May has been a little quiet on the review front, the team have been beavering away but due to a family bereavement I have had to take a couple of weeks off, but here we are again. Things are definitely gathering pace, the festivals are upon us and there is still time to enter the competition mentioned below to win tickets and glamping at the 5th Upton Cheyney Chilli Festival in September.

We have been receiving a lot of product in for review recently so there should be some good reviews forthcoming, but as always, we all fit this in around real life and real jobs so it can take a while for a product to get it’s review written, we do our very best to bring you the latest news and product reviews.

Here are the articles published in May:

News & General Information:

Reviews:

Events:

Competitions/Draws:

Chilli Event Reviews:

This Newsletter is sponsored by Hot-Headz

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