The UK's top female competitive eater has revealed the task that had the most negative effects on her body, claiming that eating a particularly spicy pie left her arms and hands 'burning.' Leah Shutkever, 31, once tried what was advertised as the UK's hottest pie: a 1lb pork pie stuffed with spicy chili.
She opted to go in with her hands, despite just having a bottle of water, which turned out to be a terrible idea.
Speaking to LADbible, Shutkever said she finds spice challenges 'brutal', recalling: "I once ate the UK's hottest pie.”
"I got the chili sauce on my hands - rookie error - and I came out in a rash. My arms and hands were burning.”
Credit: YouTube/Leah Shutkever
"From this is learned that capsaicin oil in chili soaks into your skin and spreads if you wash with warm water/shower - my second error.”
"I used cold water with fairy liquid to break down the oil to stop the burning - every day is a school day."
Shutkever noted in her YouTube video of the challenge that the pie - from Taylors Butchers in Coventry - is designed to be shared between two people, but because she 'doesn't do things by halves,' she felt compelled to finish it.
She went on to say that she was 'completely unprepared' for the quantity of spice, which left her stomach 'churning,' and that she had obviously underestimated the challenge, advising people to 'wear gloves' if they're ever bold enough to try it.
However, the most difficult item she's ever had to eat wasn't anything spicy, but rather a dish of Scotch eggs.