For many of us, the idea of eating a single ghost pepper seems way too painful. For hot sauce company owner Gregory Foster, a single ghost pepper is mere child’s play. Foster has made a hobby out of breaking Guinness World Records for the number of chili peppers he can eat.
According to Food Network, he’s already the record holder for eating three Carolina Reaper peppers in the least amount of time and also consuming the most Carolina Reapers in one minute.
And now, Foster, who runs Inferno Farms hot sauce, has set the competitive pepper-eating world on fire yet again with his latest feat: eating the most ghost peppers in one minute. In a session that took place on November 14, 2021, the chili pepper lover took down 17 ghost peppers in just one minute. For those unfamiliar with the ghost pepper, it clocks in at a sizzling 1 million Scoville Heat Units per pepper.
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In the video of the record-breaking session, Foster is clad in an Inferno Farms t-shirt and his must-have accessory: gloves. He then downs the ghost peppers as if they were Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. After being informed that he had beaten the record, Foster said, “oh my God,” before chugging what appears to be Pepto Bismol, half and half, and milk.
After his mouth had a few months to cool off, Foster recently chopped it up with Guinness about his record-breaking moment.
“As a chili lover, I’ve been trying to advance the awareness and the excitement surrounding the super-hot chilis out there,” he shared. “This attempt was solely a personal endeavor to achieve another Guinness World Record alongside my currently standing [ones].”
We can only imagine what red hot record Foster hopes to break next.
Danielle Harling is an Atlanta-based freelance writer with a love for colorfully designed-spaces, craft cocktails and online window shopping (usually for budget-shattering designer heels). Her past work has appeared on Fodor’s, Forbes, MyDomaine, Architectural Digest and more.
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