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Chili Heads: Inside the Mind of Houston’s Fiery Food Lovers

Chili Heads: Inside the Mind of Houston’s Fiery Food Lovers

This weekend lovers of spicy food – so called “chili heads” – will converge on the Stafford Centre for the annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival, where spicy food makers from around the country will sell their fiery concoctions.

Our own Michael Hagerty is himself a chili head – at least now that he’s learned the term exists – and discovered that one of the world’s foremost chili heads is right here in Houston. James Wreck started Eat More Heat, which ended up becoming the most popular hot sauce review site in the world. That allowed him to give up his life in finance and development to open iBurn, a new store in southwest Houston that sells nothing but spicy sauces and food.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael HagertyMichael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He got his start on the air as a college student hosting Morning Edition at KACU-FM in Abilene, Texas. A native of the Chicago area and an avid Cubs fan, Michael spent four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.View all posts by Michael Hagerty →