Yesterday, I was one of the first five inductees into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. This happened at the New York Hot Sauce Expo, and both were the brainchild of producer Steve Seabury, who feels that it’s necessary to recognize the history of the fiery foods movement in this country, and says that “Dedicated people have made this history, and I want them honored.” He proposed ten nominees, and supplied ballots so that industry members and fans could vote for their five favorites to be inducted. The five were the late Edmund McIlhenny, who invented Tabasco sauce back in 1868. Dave Hirschkop was inducted too, and he’s known for his introduction of Dave’s Insanity Sauce. The five crazies pictured were the remaining inductees into the Class of 2015. On the left is John Hard, owner of of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods and one of the top hot sauce makers in the country. In the middle is Chip Hearn, owner of Peppers.com, one of the top hot sauce retailers. I’m on the right, and all of use are wearing our winners’ sport coats and are showing off our “Superbowl”-type rings. I’m honored to be an part of this initial group of inductees, and I thank Steve for this honor and congratulate him on an excellent an excellent and well-attended Expo.