California Man Breaks Guinness World Record Speed-Eating 17 Ghost Chili Peppers

California Man Breaks Guinness World Record Speed-Eating 17 Ghost Chili Peppers
Gregory Foster speed-eating ghost chili peppers in San Diego, Calif., in November 2021. (Courtesy of Guinness World Records)
Lorenz Duchamps

California native and chili enthusiast Gregory Foster has broken another world record, this time for eating the most ghost chili peppers in one minute.

Foster was recognized by Guinness World Records on Aug. 8 for eating 17 ghost peppers—also referred to as bhut jolokia chili peppers—in 60 seconds. In total, he consumed 3.98 ounces of the insanely hot peppers.

“This record attempt is a personal challenge to see how far I can push myself and my love of the super hot peppers,” Foster said.

Foster’s feat was accomplished back in November, in San Diego, California, according to a news release from Guinness. There is typically a delay between record-setting attempts and certification.

The record-breaking platform that recognizes unique milestones and unseen talents said in the release that ghost peppers can register a million or more Scoville Heat Units (SHU), meaning Foster consumed roughly 17 million SHU.

In comparison, the medium-sized chili pepper, the jalapeno, registers around 2,500 to 8,000 SHU.

Foster broke the record in a public park, so many people were able to witness the “spicy accomplishment.” Many passersby stopped to watch him break the previous record.

“As a chili lover, I’ve been trying to advance the awareness and the excitement surrounding the super-hot chilis out there,” Foster said.

Foster also holds two other records: the most “Carolina Reaper” peppers eaten in one minute, which he broke in 2017; and the fastest time to eat three “Carolina Reaper” chilies, which he broke in December 2021.

“This attempt was solely a personal endeavor to achieve another Guinness World Record alongside my currently standing [ones],” he added. “I love chili eating and pushing myself.”

Besides pushing himself and attempting new records, Foster had always loved spicy food and even grows his own peppers at home. He has spent years pushing his tolerance level for spicy foods, now being able to stomach the hottest peppers in the world.

The previous record for eating the most “Carolina Reaper” chilies was held by Mike Jack, who managed to eat 3.42 ounces of the super hot peppers in March 2019 in Canada.

Lorenz Duchamps is a news writer for NTD, The Epoch Times’ sister media, focusing primarily on the United States, world, and entertainment news.
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