Al Frash Green [Chilli] Champion 2009

Al Frash Balti restaurant in Birmingham unveils our very own chilli champion of 2009.

Chilli Champion John bathes in his glory after unveiled as Al Frash' Chilli champion 2009.

John said he was proud to be finally (!) recognised as the master of heat. "I prefer Green chillies rather than red", he comments as he holds his extra Chilli Chicken Balti accompanied by a Green Chilli Naan.

When quizzed on potential challengers, John jokingly put aside any challenges to his crown. "Its not about one sitting [of eating chilli], its about every time you eat it". We won't disagree John.