‘My body couldn’t take it’ – Sunderland Echo reporter tries the chilli chicken challenge

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I AM no stranger to spicy food.

When going for an Indian meal I always opt for either a hot jalfrezi, madras and, on some occasions, a vindaloo.

Sunderland Echo reporter David Allison takes on the Tap Out Hot Wings Challenge with Tony Griffiths at Purple Bar

Sunderland Echo reporter David Allison takes on the Tap Out Hot Wings Challenge with Tony Griffiths at Purple Bar

It’s the same at Italian restaurants, because mild curries and pastas just don’t interest me.

So I thought it would be worth trying the Tap Out Challenge.

Even if I managed to eat five wings, that wouldn’t be too bad and I could cut short the pain by giving up.

How wrong I was.

When bar co-owner Tony Griffiths passed me a pair of gloves to wear for my own safety, the nerves began to kick in.

The wings aren’t that big themselves, so I tore into the first one, thinking that the quicker I eat, the more I would be able to finish.

Slightly sweet tasting, it wasn’t until I bit into the second piece that the fire-like effects of this dish started to take hold.

The top of my head started sweating, my eyes watered so much that I could barely see and I felt as if my throat had been blocked off at either side.

I “tapped out” after stripping the last bone on the third wing. My body could take no more.

Gasping for some liquid, I gulped down two glasses of milk, shovelled in two bowls of ice cream and drank a glass of water later until my tongue finally felt like it had stopped burning.

My advice is simple: take on this challenge only if you have the strongest of mouths and stomachs.