In this unusual and humorous docu-reality series, thrill-seeking Fear Factor USA winner Mark Hewlett sets off on a global quest to find the most fiery and frightening food in the world: the ultimate hottest Chili pepper.
HUNT FOR HOT - will see our epicurean Indiana Jones visit the world's wildest destinations on a mission that traces the ancient spice routes, of Christopher Columbus. With all the intrigue, danger and excitement of a modern day quest for the Holy Grail, he will lead us on an expedition to the farthest flung corners of the earth and back. His fearless yearn for the burn will take him into the plant’s place of origin in the lowlands of Brazil, up through the Americas, into Europe, around the tip of Africa, and right across Asia.
Throughout this adventure series, Mark will make his way to remote towns and villages and immerse himself in the local cultures and customs on his HUNT FOR HOT. He’ll meet up with witch doctors and Voodoo priests who for centuries have utilized chili to heal everything from stab wounds to diabetes. In South Africa, Mark will chase down elephants using chili smoke to deter them from eating their crops. In Panama he’ll learn from the Cuna Indians how to ward off sharks with strings of chilies.
On his travels, Mark will meet up with chili farmers who are in a race of their own to beat the current Guinness World Record holder of the hottest chili pepper, Trinidad Scorpion Butch T. He’ll meet up with chefs, third world celebrities, and locals who will aid him in his pursuit of the hottest peppers - from the trees to the hottest sauces, sambals, salsa, and peri-peri dishes known to mankind. He will introduce us to the chili underground - with whispered rumors and legends that hold the key to this king of peppers.
Our man will not be relying on his taste buds alone in his hunt. He will have the backup of the scientific research team at the “Chili Institute of New Mexico”. Samples of superhot chili peppers and sauces gathered from each country will be sealed and shipped so that their heat can be tested and measured under laboratory conditions.
Mark will fly to the Chili Institute to rendezvous with selected Chiliheads and Gurus of chili pepper that he has met along the way, who have offered their secrets. These “Sultans of Sweat” will endure a firestorm of flavor, then vote as to which is the hottest. Finally, Institute scientists will reveal only to Mark, the ultimate “nuclear” chili, as determined by their scientific measure of its heat index: its Scoville Unit reading.
To reveal the winner to the viewing audience, Mark, thousands of feet up in the air, will parachute from a plane to his final destination to surprise the winner, surrounded by family and friends, and crown HUNT FOR HOT'S Champion of Chilis.
Mark Hewlett's travels have taken him from crocodile hunting in the Nile river in Uganda, to the radio waves across New Zealand, and from the lion parks of Zimbabwe to the lion's den of reality television. Households across the US fell in love with him as Fear Factor's first grand champion, and now in HUNT FOR HOT he invites the viewer to follow him on an extraordinary global adventure.
Let the hunt begin!
Executive Producers: Mo Fitzgibbon, Shaun Cairns, Mark Hewlett
Contact: Mo Fitzgibbon firstname.lastname@example.org 818-297-0063