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Bullitt Central grad hot on pursuit of Guinness record

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - He might be Bullitt County’s hottest new celebrity, and on Thursday he has a ghost of a chance to stake his claim in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Dr. Jason McNabb, a local dentist and Bullitt Central graduate, will compete against two other contestants to set a new official eating record on the TruTV series, “Guinness World Records Unleashed.”

McNabb’s competition is eating the most ghost peppers in two minutes.

According to Wikipedia, the ghost pepper, scientifically known as Bhut Jolokia, was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the world’s hottest chili pepper.

How hot is that? 

According to McNabb, based on the Scoville scale that measures heat, a jalapeno pepper is rated at 2,500 Scoville units. A ghost pepper is a bit higher... over 1 million units.

“It began as part of my personal Bucket List,” McNabb said. “I wanted to eat the hottest pepper, and I did.”

From there a curious office employee found information online that said someone consumed three ghost peppers in one minute and 10 seconds.

Further online research located the television show and the competition. McNabb figured he had a legitimate chance to win.

“I tolerated (eating the ghost pepper) pretty well, compared to others online,” he said. 

McNabb’s fellow competitors will heat up the drama: Kevin Ross is a professional competitive eater who participated in the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest. He has won numerous eating competitions across the country.

The other contestant, Alex Stein, appeared on The Food Network as a competitor on “Worst Cooks in America” and on the ABC reality game show “The Glass House.”

“They were really serious about the competition,” McNabb said.

The winner, should anyone survive it, will be listed in the 2015 version of the Guinness Book of World Records. If McNabb is the winner, then Bullitt County can claim at least one official world record.

McNabb did survive the competition, but as for the results, you’ll have to tune in to find out. The program airs on TruTV Thursday night at 8 p.m., with a repeat at midnight.

The McNabb Family will relax and watch the episode from home. No word on if nachos will be served.

McNabb will be joined by his wife, Gina, three-year-old son Finn, and six-year-old daughter Jasey.

“My daughter keeps saying she’ll be better at it than me someday,” said McNabb. “But we’ll only let her try jalapenos for now.”

The 1996 Bullitt Central graduate currently operates a dentist’s office in the Shively area. He also operated next door to Bullitt Central for a few years.

For more information on the show visit www.trutv.com.