The UK Chilli Industry is growing fast and the Fiery Foods Festival is now the longest standing Festival in the UK, an annual celebration of the chilli and spicy foods. Every year the National Chilli Awards are announced at the Festival, a presigious celebration of the best producers in the industry. This is your chance to enter this year.

The following are the competition rules.

1)  You can only enter 1 product per category.  All products must be available on the retail market. Only registered producers with the relevant food certification are eligable for entry. To enter each category there is a charge of £12.00 and the supply of 2 sauces to be used as tasters and to allow for any breakages. Please make sure that your product is entered in the correct category.  The organisers and judges can move the entry to a different category at their own discretion if required.  Entries along with samples must be sent by 31st August 2019 for all other categories.

Send to: Fiery Foods UK Ltd. 17, Lodge Close, Portslade, Brighton. BN41 2PZ.

2)  Each product will be tasted blind by a panel of judges who will taste separately and make their own decision before coming to a decision as a group.  The judges’ decision is, of course, final. 

3)  BEST UK CHILLI SHOP and GROWER categories may receive entries by the named company or by nomination from another company.  The entry must be accompanied by supporting written evidence (website, photos, affidavits, etc)

4)  The announcement of the winners in each category will take place at the award ‘ceremony’ at approximately 2pm on the Saturday afternoon of the festival in Brighton.

5)  Winners will receive a trophy and certificate plus prominent display and promotion on the Fiery Foods FaceBook page, any media exposure that may result, plus artwork to put onto product labels.

The categories for the National Chilli Awards 2019 are:

  1. Best Chilli Jam/Chutney
  2. Best Chilli Pickle or Mustard
  3. Best Chilli Chocolate/Confectionery/Snack
  4. Best Chilli Marinade
  5. Best Chilli Oil 
  6. Best Chilli Rub or Spice Blend
  7. Best Mild Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  8. Best Medium Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
  9. Best Super Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
10. Best Extreme Hot Sauce (With Extract)
11. Best New Chilli Product of 2018/2019  
12. Best UK Chilli Shop (Retail & Online) 
13. Best UK Chilli Grower / UK Chilli Farm

National Chilli Awards 2019 The Professionals

Click on the logo to download an entry form for the National Chilli Awards 2019 - The Professionals - and send it back to or by post with your entry products to:  Fiery Foods UK Ltd, 17 Lodge Close, Portslade, Brighton. BN41 2PZ. Good Luck!

NCA entry form professionals


First of all, we had an amazing 24 different companies entering 84 different products! This industry just keeps on growing and the passion from all the Artisan producers is, at times, breathtaking.
This year though, one company won an unprecedented SIX awards. Burning Desire has always shown great products and won awards here in the past but this year they have really shone.
So, here is a list of the winners of the categories. If you would like to purchase a hamper full of these worthy winners, please get in touch with us on this Facebook page and, assuming we have enough interest, we will put it together for you, maybe it would make an amazing Christmas present for a Chilli head you may know!

Best Chilli Jam/Chutney
Galloway Chillies with Chilli Lime and Ginger Preserve

Best Chilli Pickle/Mustard
New Yorkshire Emporium with By'eck Chilli-lilli

Best Chilli Drink
BrewDog with Dog F

Best Chilli Chocolate/Confectionery
Burning Desire Foods with Chipotle Syrup with Bourbon

Best Chilli Snack
The Chilli Jam Man with Squealers, Spicy pork scratchings

Best Chilli Marinade
Burning Desire Foods with Teriyaki Glaze

Best Chilli Oil
Grim Reaper Foods with Vengeance

Best Rub/Spice Blend
Burning Desire Foods with Coffee and Chilli Rub

Best Mild Hot Sauce
Burning Desire Foods with Thunderbird Jalapeno & Tequila

Best Medium Hot Sauce
Burning Desire Foods with Burning Indulgence

Best Super Hot Sauce
Burning Desire Foods with Solaris

Best Extreme Hot Sauce
Grim Reaper Foods with Evil One

Best New Product
Chimoulis with Orange Chocolate Chilli Salted Caramel

Best UK Chilli Shop (Retail and Online)
Dorset Chilli Shop

Best UK Chilli Grower
Dartmoor Chilli Farm

Congratulations all of you, good luck with the rest of the year!



Congratulations to all the entrants in 2016

An amazingly high standard of entries, it makes it all worth while.


Winners and categories are below:

Best Jam, Smokey Carter with Smoky Chipotle Chilli Jam, runner up was Sweet Heat Chilli with their Mixed Fruit Preserve.

Best Pickle/Mustard, winner was Daddy Cools with Garlic and Papaya Pickle and close second was Love-Pickle with their Premium Chilli Tomato Pickle, Extra Hot.

Best Drink, won by Brew Dog with Neon Overlord and the runner up was The Chilli Jam Man and his Hot Shots Chilli Vodka.

Best Confectionery, winner was Chimoulis, who won best new product last year with this delicious sauce, Chilli Salted Caramel. Grim Reaper Foods came second with Purgatory, white chocolate.

Best BBQ/Marinade, The Chilli Jam Man won this year with Rib Tickler No.2. Grim Reaper scooped the runners up price with Wraith.

Best Oil, won by Grim Reaper with Incinerator and another new entrant, Bang Bang Oil came second with Bang Bang Oil!

Best Spice Blend/Rub, Daddy Cool's Smokey Chipotle Dry Rub, closely followed by Burning Desire's new Coffee and Chilli Rub.

Now for the sauces.

Best Mild Sauce was won by Sweet Heat Chilli, their Mint And Coriander a popular winner and closely followed by The Smokey Carter and their Piri Piri Ketchup. 

Best Medium Sauce, new to the scene, Prices Spices took the top spot with Haitan Sensation and also new to the industry, Mr & Mrs B's Seriously Buzzin' Hot Sauce and their Hardcore Hen.

Best Super Hot entries this year were sent to Warwick University to be checked for their Scoville count before being judged for flavour. The sauce that did the best for heat and flavour was Burning Desire's Critical Mass, with a Scoville rating of 14,864! Runner up was Sweet Heat Chilli and their sauce HabbaNagga. This sauce was rated at 6,524 Scovilles.

Now, neither of these sauces were the hottest tested, but the competition was about heat and flavour, a hard balancing act to achieve.

Extreme winner, they won this category last year too, Was Grim Reaper Foods with their Evil One and last years runner up and this years too, Burning Desire with Five Finger Death Punch. Two very consistent players!

This years Best New Product was championed by last years winner, Chimoulis but with a new version of that product, Reaper Chilli Salted Caramel. The runner up spot was taken by Prices Spices with their Keralan Lemon Pickle.

The Best Shop was won by Hotheadz, one of the most well known chilli companies out there, still doing an amazing job of promoting their own and other high quality brands on their site

The Best Grower, winner last year too, Edible Ornamentals. Consistent quality makes them a must for many sauce growers needing the finest chillies for their products.

Well thats all of them for last year, here's to this year and keeping this industry in the UK maturing and growing to be the best in the world!

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