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Our Kiwi chilli sauce has made the national headlines. We are very stoked to have been interviewed by Radio NZ last week.
National radio (RNZ) has over 645,200 New Zealanders or 15.5% of the population, tuned in each week! You can listen to the Clint Meyer radio interview here…
Kiwis have developed a hearty appetite for hot sauces, says award-winning chilli sauce maker Clint Meyer. Who grows New Zealand’s hottest chillies near Waimamaku for his award-winning Fire Dragon Chillies sauces.
“Fire Dragon Chillies sauces are punching above our weight competing against the big boys … the bigger chilli names in the world, anyway,” he says.
Fire Dragon Chillies took out several awards at this year’s Hot Sauce Fest and claimed a gold and silver at the recent Australian awards.
Clint started getting a taste for hot chillies when he and a mate competed swallowing them at 21st parties many years ago, because “it’s what you did”.
The desire for the endorphin rush was cemented on an overseas trip to South East Asia, Central and South America and Canada.
When Clint came home, he couldn’t find a Kiwi sauce hot enough so decided to make his own.
Clint started the business a decade ago and can now be found up a long dirt road miles from anywhere near Waimamaku in the Far North.
He says Kiwis have developed palates that can cope with hot stuff and his hottest sauce is the biggest seller every month.
He believes that Pakeha New Zealanders now eat it up more than immigrants who may be used to tongue-tingling food.
From Radio NZ Country Life, 9:30 pm on 31 August 2018