Hot Shot Bakeryâ€™s 5th annual Datil Pepper Eating Contest announces one hot fella as the 2016 winner ~ Neil Amato ~ who loves hot foods and especially loves the chocolate-dipped datil peppers from Hot Shot Bakery in St. Augustine. He ate 51 chocolate-cover datil peppers.
A St. Augustine businessman in the finance industry, Amato read about the contest and thought, â€œWhy not? Iâ€™ve never actually entered any other organized culinary competitions in the past and this one was a lot of fun last year so it was an easy decision for me. Iâ€™ll enter again next year for sure since itâ€™s a lot of fun and I enjoy supporting Sherry Stoppelbein and her restaurant.â€
Neil Amato wins:
- $50 cash prize from Hot Shot Bakery
- Lunch for Two @ Hot Shot Bakery
- Keepsake Gold Fire Extinguisher
- Charter fishing trip with Capt. Luke @ Fish St. AugustineÂ Did Neil have a secret for how he could eat 51 hot datil peppers in five minutes?
â€œI canâ€™t divulge my secret â€“ but the key was to keep going until it was over. I knew that once I stopped chewing, the heat level in my mouth would really kick up ~ so I continued chewing,” Amato explained.
“Then at the end â€¦ I drank something dairy to cool everything down.Â My girlfriend Tara had a Hot Shot milkshake waiting for me after the contest, which was a lifesaver!â€