Clarkhan Food Products Of Cleveland Wins 1st Place At Competitive Fiery Foods Contest

Friday, June 28, 2013
Shaheed Khan on the left, Stan Clark on the right.
Shaheed Khan on the left, Stan Clark on the right.
The 2013 Scovie Awards judging panel of top culinary experts honored Clarkkhan Food Products, a first place winner in the habanero hot sauce division, for its now famous Khan’s Island Sauce. Its winning product was applauded because of its great flavor and appearance. It was up against other habanero sauces from all over the world and the Khan’s Island Sauce took first place.

Khan’s Island Sauce was launched in 2002 by Stan and Sharon Clark of Cleveland. This is the fourth time they have won a Scovie Award since 2003 and the second time that they were awarded first place. Khan’s Island Sauce has become a local favorite and can be purchased at Cooke’s Food Store, all Fresh and Low’s, both Bi-Lo’s, and available at most locally owned restaurants.

It is also distributed all across the country. It can be found in tourist locations like Gatlinburg, and Key West, Fla., at hot sauce retail stores. 

“I have to give credit to my father-in-law, Shaheed Khan, for being the inspiration that triggered this whole idea almost 20 years ago. Several years went by and I perfected the recipe in our kitchen. With a lot of research and hard work we were able to find a manufacturer to mass produce the sauce. From that point the rest is history. Everyone loves our award winning Khan’s Island Sauce,” said Mr. Clark.  

Competition for the 2013 Scovie Awards was stronger than ever, with a record-breaking 805 product entries. Dave DeWitt, founder of the Scovie Awards and National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show said entries came from 31 states and five countries including Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England and the United States.

“We’re thrilled that participation in the Scovie Awards continues to skyrocket. Companies recognize our awards as the most competitive blind taste tested event in the world,” Mr. DeWitt said.

The Scovie Awards is an annual competition created by Mr. DeWitt that recognizes the top fiery foods products in the world. The awards were named after the Scoville scale, a measurement of the spicy heat of a chile pepper. It is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions. Hundreds of products are entered and go through rigorous tastings to receive the top honors. The Scovie Awards take place annually. For more information, visit www.scovieawards.com

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