Duo are hot stuff at chilli contest

Chilli challenge winners - Rob Eadie and Nick Latham.
Chilli challenge winners - Rob Eadie and Nick Latham.

A chilli con carne cooking duo have beaten off competition in American to be crowned the People’s Choice for their barbecued creation.

Rob Eadie and Nick Latham qualified for the Las Vegas World Open Chili Championship after winning the heats held earlier this year at home in the UK.

And, although their unique smokey barbecued chilli was not a hit with judges in America over the weekend, they were voted the winners in the category that is picked by the hungry public.

Rob, an auditor for BP, who lives in Cardington, said: “I think we were happiest winning the people’s choice.

“What is good is that the people chose British chilli above all of the best American chillies.”

The friends, who are both amateur cooks, came together over a joint passion for barbecuing, which developed into a love of chilli.

Their dish is made up of 37 ingredients including seven chillies that are imported from Mexico and the beef is barbecued and smoked over hickory and applewood to give it a unique taste.

Nick, from Sandy, said: “The people in Las Vegas really loved it. It proves that you’re doing something right.”

They won a $500 prize fund and will automatically qualify for next year’s stateside competition, when they will have to decide whether to stick with their unusual barbecued dish or cook a more traditional chilli that is likely to be looked upon more favourably by the official judges.