There aren’t many people who can finish “The Widower.” In fact, Ian Rothwell became the first person ever to finish the world’s hottest curry from the Bindi Indian restaurant in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
But it wasn’t an easy task. Rothwell cried, sweated and even left the table when he started hallucinating. According to The Sun, the 55-year-old doctor got up from the table about halfway through his meal and started wandering the streets. He was eventually found by his wife and was brought back to the table to finish his meal.
Muhammed Karim, managing director and executive chef at the restaurant said:
“It took Mr Rothwell just over an hour to eat The Widower – but that included a 10 minute walk down Grantham High Street when he started hallucinating. His wife was pretty worried and went out looking for him.”
Karim, who prepares the curry with 20 super-spicy Naga Infinity Chillies, said that many people have tried to conquer The Widower before but Rothwell was the first to ever finish eating the world’s hottest curry.
“More than 300 people have tackled The Widower before – including about 10 women – but no one has ever been able to finish one. Most manage about seven mouthfuls before they give up. We’ve had people sweating, crying, shaking and vomiting. We even had to ring an ambulance once.”
The Mirror reports that the world’s hottest curry weighs in at more than six million on the Scoville scale. In comparison, a jalapeno pepper comes in at about 4000 Scoville units.
Karim, who had Rothwell sign a waiver before he started eating the world’s hottest curry, said:
“I have tried The Widower and it really is a killer. Even making it is a painful experience … Mr Rothwell is a legend as far as I’m concerned.”
Want to see another legend? Watch this video of NPR’s Marshall Terry trying to eat the world’s hottest pepper.