HOT. HOT. HOT! Prized family recipe takes out chilli award
A FAMILY recipe dating back to the '50s has helped secure this Tablelands man a win in the top Australia and New Zealand awards.
Millaa Millaa resident Neil Hooper grew up with his grandmother Isabel's chilli chutney, developed while working as a station cook at Delta Downs cattle station near Normanton on the Gulf of Carpentaria in the late 1950s.
Mr Hooper, with his grandmother's permission, began selling it in 1996, forming Isabel's Condiment Company.
This week, he learned his chilli had come in first and third place in the Mr Chilli Awards Hot Chilli Chutney category for its 'Magma' and 'Extreme Heat' flavours.
"It was our first time doing it - my wife sent samples in, I didn't even know we'd entered until I heard we'd won," Mr Hooper said.
"It's an amazing feeling - it's an old family recipe with home grown chillies and fruits.
"It's really special to me."
Originally published as Prized family recipe takes out Mr Chilli Awards