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Put Dad to the test this Father's Day: Chile Habanero Eating Contest

June 15, 2011 |  6:04 am


Who better to enter a Chile Habanero Eating Contest on Father’s Day than Dad himself? Chichen Itza Restaurant specializes in cuisine from the Yucatán Peninsula, a region of Mexico that consumes ultra-hot chiles habaneros on the daily. For those who have never eaten a chile habanero, here’s some insight: In comparison to the jalapeno pepper, which rates 2,500 to 8,000 on the Scoville scale (a measurement of the spicy heat of a chili pepper), the chile habanero rates 100,000 to 350,000. How’s that for picante?

On Sunday, June 19, the Downtown L.A. eatery challenges all spicy food lovers, not just dads, to become contenders as they bravely face the restaurant’s Chile Kut, a roasted chile habanero sauce, at the fiery event as part of the Father’s Day celebration at Mercado La Paloma. Interested? Register up to one hour prior to contest time, which starts at 2 p.m. 3655 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213-741-1075, chichenitzarestaurant.com.


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