The best way to get the best food is either through knowing Liam Fox, or good old-fashioned merciless competition, a la the Tweat Up dudes' newest venture, Chilli Stand Off. Happening this Saturday at Shoreditch's former power station Tramshed, it pits eight vaunted kitchens against each other for the freshly minted title of "Best-Tasting Chilli in Britain", as decided by you and your ever-fattening comrades in a blind taste test. The delicious details:
The Chilli Makers: Among the acclaimed lineup are "bookies' favourite" The Fat Duck (sending Heston's right-hand man Chef Jocky); the head man from Leon; TV chef Gizzi Erskine; multi-award winner Steve Pearle from The Dock Kitchen; Mexi-specialist Chilango; and Carl Clarke from Disco Bistro, whose offering will...wait for it...burn, baby, burn.
The Booze: Fire extinguishers will be drummed up by the hooch-ologists from Milk & Honey and Brick Lane haunt Danger of Death -- a shedload of completely free (during the competition) imbibements made up of "lots and lots of rum", and an entire barrel of grog, dictating that only with an eye-patch will you again achieve single-vision.
The After-Party: Once the winner's declared, the space will break out drinks at "super-reduced" Tweat-Up prices (99p Mojitos, etc.), as well as street-style nourishment like "pillow-soft" pork steamed buns from Yum Bun, fish tacos from Luardos, and meatballs from Jez The Bowler, who always wears a bowler hat while he cooks -- a far more merry look than Fox will wear as he cooks too.