Saturday, April 20, 2013

Fire Dragon Chilli Eating Champs: Auckland heat.

The following report is my very first guest blog from Jess Pettersen, who took meticulous notes at Stu's recent foray into extreme chilli eating...

Yesterday, 17 men signed their waivers and got ready to hurt, vomit and cry in front of friends and strangers at the Union Post pub in Ellerslie. 

Fire Dragon Chillies held round one of its 2013 Chilli Eating Champs; the Auckland heat of a national competition for the brave and the foolhardy. 

The ten rounds of pain were made up of tests that involved either chewing a fresh chilli, or consuming specially prepared chilli food or drink. The chew had standards: contestants must chew for 30 seconds without gulping and then present their tongue as proof before being allowed to swallow. If a contestant got up from their seat, touched the icy beer or glass of milk in front of them, they were out. Vomiting also resulted in disqualification.

The process felt like torture, with the MC’s banter drawing out the drama to prolong the test, as well as each contestant’s pain. The crowd could smell the tang of chillies and desperation in the air. Last year's winner, Dangerous Dave Adams, came to watch the suffering and eat some of the competition’s offerings.

The heat of a chilli is measured in Scoville Heat Units. The competition started with a mild Bishop’s Crown at 30 000 SHU, escalated to the Chocolate Habanero at 350 000 SHU and hit a searing peak with the Trinidad Yellow Scorpion at around 1.3 million SHU.

The contest came down to a face off between fresh-faced Morgan Damien, who wept his way to the top; and “the chilli zombie”, known only as Jared, who seized victory by speed eating a slice of deadly chilli pizza in the 10th round.

There’s more to come – heats are taking place nationally with a final at the Hallertau Brewery booked for July 14.

First-time contestant Stuart Harwood was bowed out after round six’s chilli shot. He was not deterred: “I’m going to train harder. I’ll be back again” he said, “and stronger.” 
Just like the burn.


Stu is out and on the milk.

Yoghurt Man is OUT! I'm glad I was on this side on the spew bucket.

The finalists about to speed eat some deadly pizza.

Chilli Zombie is the winner!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Ballads & Badlands: Nadia Reid & Luckless Press Shots

Together, (Nadia) Reid and Ivy Rossiter of Luckless form a part of a new generation of songwriters born to take to their stories the road, to pin their words and harmonies to hearts and minds as far and wide as possible.

My friends Nadia & Ivy are about to hit the road for a huge New Zealand tour, and we thought we'd better get a sweet photo for their press release. We squeezed into Ivy's work car for a cozy shoot and I think they look wonderful!


Details of the Ballads & Badlands tour are here.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Anthonie Tonnon at Major Toms

Major Toms is a sweet venue in Mt. Maunganui, the perfect venue for Anthonie to look suave, yet brooding in.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Anthonie Tonnon

I recently got to go on my first tour! As a photographer for Anthonie Tonnon, formerly Tono and the Finance Company, on a little trip to Mount Maunganui and Hamilton.
We were at the Mount venue, Major Toms, and as we were looking for some dinner, the sky was filled with the most beautiful pink - that perfectly matched Tono's jacket.

Tono has just released this image, we have some more up our sleeve to show you, but I think this one has wonderful colour.

Tono has some great projects and events happening, which is all listed on his brand spanking new facebook page.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Nadia Reid

Nadia Reid is a gorgeous folk singer who heralds from my glorious home town, Dunedin.
We recently had a shoot in a beautiful apartment full of trinkets off the top of Symonds St and came up with this little number:

Don't you love the hanging moss?

Check out Nadia's stunning songs on her bandcamp.