Te Awamutu has another national title-holder in Chilli Eating Champion Justin Rummel — and he had to go way beyond next level to achieve his goal.

Justin beat reigning champion Greg Miller of Christchurch at the Fire Dragon Chillis NZ Hot Sauce Festival and Chilli Eating Championships in Auckland on Saturday.

He also knocked out US chilli guru Johnny Scoville along the way.

Justin is from Melbourne, but has been in Te Awamutu for three years.


He says he has always liked heat in his food, and about 18 months ago ate a Carolina Reaper — a chilli pepper ranked