One Hot Fella! — Neil Amato wins Datil Pepper eating contest

Neil Amato was the hot winner of the datil pepper eating contest.

Neil Amato was the hot winner of the datil pepper eating contest.

His winnings included a gold fire extinguisher.

His winnings included a gold fire extinguisher.

Hot Shot Bakery’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, “Why not? I’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. I’ll enter again next year for sure since it’s a lot of fun and I enjoy supporting Sherry Stoppelbein and her restaurant.”

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. Augustine Did Neil have a secret for how he could eat 51 hot datil peppers in five minutes?

“I can’t divulge my secret – 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 … I drank something dairy to cool everything down.  My girlfriend Tara had a Hot Shot milkshake waiting for me after the contest, which was a lifesaver!”

 

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