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I survived the Snake Venom Challenge, barely

  • 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!




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Joel Rodgers

Joel Rodgers joined RSHV News 1 in January 2018 as a reporter/journalist. Prior to joining our team, Joel spent the previous 5 years as a morning show reporter, entertainment reporter, and sports reporter for a local television station. At 6’5”, he's the tallest reporter in the history of Shreveport, but it’s more than just his height that makes this Shreveport native stand out. His editing skills combined with his love for storytelling makes for a creative and talented addition to the RSHV News 1 team. After attending and graduating from Evangel Christian Academy, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern State University. Joel is very active in the Shreveport community having won several competitions in recent years. In 2017, he danced his way to victory in the annual Susan G. Komen event, “Dancing for the Cure." He’s also won the “Mudbug Madness” Crawfish eating contest in back-to-back years and was named the top celebrity chef at the “Louisiana Food Prize” cooking competition. If you have a story idea, news tip, or just want to say "hey" - you can do so by emailing Joel Rodgers at jrodgers@realshreveport.com

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