Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie

Chile Peppers: Playing with Fire


Episode 51

What could be more exhilarating than the rush of a chile pepper? Discover the many ways in which these peppers have set the global palate on fire. Native to Mexico, chile peppers play a huge role in the country’s cuisine. In Oaxaca, family and friends come together to make Mexico’s most patriotic dish—Chiles en Nogada. Join John “Doc” Willoughby, executive editor of Gourmet magazine, in Şanliurfa, Turkey, as he researches a story on Urfa and Maraş peppers. In Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, meet an obsessive farmer who harvests over 100 different kinds of chiles, including the hottest pepper in the world. In the Gourmet test kitchen, Ian Knauer uses serrano chiles to make an Indian shrimp curry that mixes heat with a harmony of spices.