Spice wars! Local chefs bring the heat in battle of the spices

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The Good Morning Arizona crew turned up the heat with a spice battle on Thursday morning, as two local chefs battled it out to see who could create the hottest dish!

Dueling chefs from "Burgers 'N Fries" and "Brat Haus" faced off in the unofficial early spice wars. The GMAZ folks taste-tested both and measured the level of heat!

Chef Aaron Ward from Brat Haus made a spicy sausage, pretzel crustini with haus Dijon mustard, and pickled veggies.

Chef Valerie Thodde from Burgers n' Fries created an Arizona Burger, made with all-natural grass-fed beef stuffed with jalapenos and topped with fried Serrano peppers and chipotle aioli.

It's all in good fun, and all in the name of the Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event taking place in Scottsdale. The winning chef of this spice throwdown this weekend gets a chance to compete in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas, which has  $25,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

Presented by the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, general admission is $50 and that includes unlimited food samplings from participating restaurants (while supplies last) and seven drink tickets. Visit the event website, www.scottsdalespice.org to purchase tickets online.

Participating restaurants include the Angry Crab Shack, Big Eye Sushi, Brat Haus, Burgers N' Fries, Carte Blanche, Chao, El Palacio of Chandler, Fogon Mexican Eatery, Honey Bear's BBQ, Hula's Modern Tiki, Kelly's at Southbridge, Los Olivos, Mirabel, Rubio's Baja Grill, Ploy Thai Cuisine, and more/

In addition to the dishes featured on 3TV Thursday, the Angry Crab Shack will serve their trifecta made with sausage, shrimp, potatoes and scorching scorpion sauce.  From Hula's Modern Tiki hungry fans will enjoy spicy Hawaiian ceviche and volcanic ahi poke paired with a classic mai tai. Los Olivos will serve their steak picado with chips and salsa. And Ploy Thai Cuisine serves up their tom yum soup and gapow - a stir fried pork dish with Thai sauce.

Scottsdale Spice is a 21-and-over event.

Scottsdale Spice Culinary Event
Saturday, September 27, 2014
6-10 p.m.
The Venue of Scottsdale
7117 E Third Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
General admission, $50, includes unlimited food samplings from participating restaurants, while supplies last; and seven drink tickets good for wine, craft beer and spirits. Entertainment will be provided by Sapphire Sky, a local Scottsdale band.