Feel like chicken tonight? Perhaps you wouldn’t if you were faced with a bucketload of wings that have been marinated in a blast-your-head-off-hot chilli sauce. And you had only eight minutes to shovel the whole lot into your mouth. But that’s exactly the challenge facing the ten fearless competitors taking part in the King of the Wing Grand Final being held at the Jam Tree pub in Clapham tonight 8-10pm (November 15). The contestant who scoffs the most ludicrously spicy wings in eight minutes gets to walk away with a £500 bar tab to be used at the pub’s venues in Clapham and Chelsea, a trophy and the glory of being crowned the King of the Wing 2012.
Is that reward enough to warrant risking destroying your stomach lining with volcanically spicy chicken? Course it is. This year’s number one seed, Dave Cosgrave, has already eaten a whole 1.162kg of wings (that’s 50 of them) in the heats held last month. Still, don’t worry if you don’t think that you’ve got the stomach to be a chicken-chomping champ. The event should also make interesting – if rather messy – viewing. Rebecca Taylor
For info, see thejamtree.com.