We had heard of a damn hot chili in a place where you would expect it the least, England. Joy and Michael Michaud, a married gardening couple, had bred the dorset naga, an exceptionally hot scotch bonnet relative. It was originally selected from naga morich, a chili that is highly regarded among Britain’s Bangladeshi community. And for a time there where rumours in the chili community, that it was the hottest chili in the world.
So we flew into London, and again the swine flu had reached its peak in the UK. Ignoring the flu, we rented a car and drove east. Not really knowing where we were going, taking wrong turns and sitting in traffic jams, we were surprised when we reached the UK east coast. No one had expected the farm to be on the coast, but when we finally reached Michael and Joy, we felt fully compensated fort the long drive.
With an incredible knowledge of everything related to chili, Michael and Joy were a big help to our documentary. Michael really inspired us with the idea to go to Nagaland or Bangladesh to find the origin of the hottest chili. He teased us about knowing where the hottest chili is grown, but didn’t want to tell us, so I guess it’s now up to us to find it for ourselves.
But thanks Michael and Joy for all the help and the warm welcome!
England Part 2
Steve, the manager of the chili-processing unit in Nagaland told us about his friend Chillipepper Pete in Brighton. „ If he doesn’t know about it, it’s not important“ he told us so our expectations were high when we travelled to Brighton. And as I can say: he was right! His shop is the most dedicated store to chili we have ever seen, his hot sauces are just amazing and he has an unbelievable knowledge about everything related to chili.
I don’t want to go to far ahead and spoil you but I have to say: STAY PUT there is unbelievable hot stuff out there!!!
Thank you Pete and Miranda for your help!