Russian cage fighter creates ‘Lincoln’s hottest kebab’

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A former Russian cage fighter is challenging foodies to try a dish he’s described as Lincoln’s hottest kebab.

Igor Kuznecovs, the manager at Hunters fish and chip shop, based the spicy dish off an old family recipe which includes the infamous ghost chilli.

The ghost chili formerly held the Guinness World Record for being the hottest chilli pepper in the world and is rated at more than 1 million Scoville heat units. That’s roughly 400 times hotter than Tabasco sauce.

The infamous ghost chilli is a key ingredient in the dish described as “Lincoln’s hottest kebab” Photo: Richard Elzey

The chilli sauce is so hot that challengers will be asked to sign a legal waiver accepting the “risk of personal injury” and confirming they have no medical conditions that would jeopardise their health.

Igor Kuznecovs, the manager at Hunters fish and chip shop, based the spicy dish off an old family recipe which includes the infamous ghost chilli. Photo: Grubb Street Media

“As a former cage fighter I have certainly faced some daunting challenges in my life but I don’t envy anyone taking on the Imperial Kebab,” said 26-year-old Igor.

“The recipe uses Indian ghost chillies but the formula I’ve actually adapted from an old Russian family recipe. I’ve had to wear gloves and mask just while preparing it.

“Anyone taking on the challenge has my admiration and I wish them luck. They will need it.”

The Challenge

Hunters fish and chip shop on Lincoln’s High Street is daring diners to take on the challenge for £9.

Entrants will get just 15 minutes to eat the whole kebab, chips and salad and cannot drink anything while they are eating – or for the five-minute “burn period” after the meal is finished.

They will be required to wear gloves and will be barred from wiping their face, going to the bathroom or using cutlery.

Those who successfully defeat the meat will have their name added to the wall of fame and receive either their money back or a t-shirt.

Every challenger, win or lose, will also take home a certificate.

The challenge will only be available on Fridays and Saturdays over the summer. During the rest of the week a chicken alternative will be available.