- Joel Rodgers
Some people like it hot, or do they?
Last week several restaurants around Shreveport took part in 318 Restaurant week. One of those restaurants was Wing Taxi, the local restaurant on South Lakeshore whose eating contest would set the city, and several stomachs on fire. Their ‘Snake Venom Challenge’ featured 15 contestants trying to outlast each other in a food eating contest.
I’ve won several food eating contests in the past and thought this challenge would be a piece of cake, (boy was I wrong!) and we weren’t eating cake, we were eating the hottest thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. We were eating snake venom sauce. The contest took place on March 15th, but due to the fire I injected into my body I couldn’t look at the video 5 days.
As the 15 of us gathered around the table, and the crowd gathered around us, I knew something was up.
What was up— was I’ve entered into a contest based on endurance rather than speed.
No water, no napkins, no light task. Just straight fire.
The contest began at 7PM, by 7:15 people were throwing up in the bushes, I was not one of them.
By 7:45, there were 6 of us left – all competing for $200 and a trophy.
Fast forward 10 minutes, and it’s just me and two other guys left at the table.
I hear the voice from Chris Jay with the Shreveport Bossier Tourism Bureau, “I’ll buy someone out for $50. All you have to do is stand up and you get your $50.”
He didn’t have to tell me twice, I took the deal. I also took the next day off due to personal reasons (that you can probably guess).
The winner of the Wing Taxi Snake Venom Challenge was Alex Kellog, a cast iron stomach man from Mansfield, La. who outlasted 14 others to take home the title on Wing Taxi Snake Venom Challenge champion!