HOT STUFF: Zilzie’s Gus Hosemann has won his second national Mr Chilli award this year, with his second award for his Red Eye Chilli sauce.
HOT STUFF: Zilzie’s Gus Hosemann has won his second national Mr Chilli award this year, with his second award for his Red Eye Chilli sauce. Amy Haydock ROK

Second 2015 win for Zilzie chilli sauce connoisseur

ZILZIE chilli sauce and jerky connoisseur Gus Hosemann went up against some of the biggest chilli sauce producers in the country but his Red Eye sauce took out the top spot.

Winning the category Heat with Flavour in the national Mr Chilli Awards for one of his four scorching sauces in September, this was the second award for Gus this year.

"I entered the beef jerky awards earlier this year and got an award for my smoked chilli jerky," Gus told the Capricorn Coast Mirror last week.

"I was just blown away. I'm just a little hobby bloke from Zilzie. It's a real buzz because I was up against some of the biggest chilli companies in Australia."

Gus said there were over 400 entries across the different categories which included jams, pastes, sauces, oils, chocolate, fudges and more. Mr Chilli is a team of passionate, chilli-loving foodies devoted to bringing chilli back with competitions and events across the country.

After spending 16 years perfecting his recipes, the retiree said he didn't plan to take on any more variations of ways to eat the pepper.

"I'm going to stick to making my sauces and jerky's because I've finally mastered them," Gus said.

"For me it's having the customers come and try it and see the look on their faces and talk to people who also make their own sauces."

The father-of-two, who sells his popular sauces and jerky's at the local markets, said his plan was continue his hobby going and enter as many chilli competitions as he could in future.

MORE INFO

Find Gus on Facebook under Zilzie Volcano or go to mrchilli.com.au for more about the awards



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