In American English, we say “chili” to refer to the spicy peppers so many of us love. In British English, the word gains an extra L. Regardless of how you spell it, if you enjoy the punch-packed flavors, check out Chilli No. 5, a line of gourmet sauces—vegan sauces, at that—from a superyacht chef and yachting-industry entrepreneur.
The chef is Colin Ross, who typically cooks up a storm onboard. Unfortunately, the pandemic had him locked down on land. Rumble Romagnoli, the CEO of a digital-marketing agency, was in a similar lockdown. Based in Monaco, Romagnoli says he teamed up with Ross to create the line of 10 sauces because “it was impossible to find high-quality, healthy, sustainable hot chili sauces at the supermarket or even at restaurants.” The stories of so many people cooking more at home, and finding it hard to re-create their favorite dishes, convinced Romagnoli and Ross that they were on the right track.
Available for sale starting October 31, Chilli No. 5 includes flavors from around the world, like Thailand, Mexico, and even Louisiana. The names tell you what’s in store: Jamaican Jerk, Heavenly Harissa, Wicked Wasabi, and Sriracha Cha-Cha-Cha, just to name a few. Each sauce additionally includes a blend of five different chiles, along with healthy ingredients like black garlic, fresh ginger, nutmeg, and apple cider vinegar. Furthermore, the sauces add well-known natural food supplements like red ginseng, fenugreek, and more. What you won’t find are artificial colors or other additives.
Besides prioritizing natural ingredients, Romagnoli wants to protect nature. Therefore, Chilli No. 5 sauces come in glass vials, to encourage you to reuse them over and over. Furthermore, if you return the packaging to the company, including the tubes, not only will the team recycle them, but you’ll receive compensation. If you travel or want to ship the sauces and are concerned about the glass breaking, Chilli No. 5 does plan to add lightweight recyclable plastic refill pouches.
Finally, if you simply can’t live without hot sauce, the company has a Sauce for Life subscription. All details on this, plus the flavors, are on the website.
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