Host of “Hot Ones Québec”: Marc-André Grondin now knows what to do when he eats very spicy foods

Marc-André Grondin, who is “a bit spicy in life”, learned to manage “pain” by hosting the new show Hot Ones Quebec, fiery conversationin which he eats chicken wings topped with increasingly spicy sauce as he asks questions to guests like Katherine Levac, Christine Morency and Stéphane Rousseau.

You should definitely not show up on set on an empty stomach, he says from experience. You should also not rub your eyes or go to the toilet without washing your hands first!

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We must also eat a lot of rice and consume antacids like sweets to prevent heartburn.

“The first time I took part in the sauce tasting before filming, I had a lot of baby problems, I had slept three hours, I had drunk a big coffee and eaten nothing. I experienced it well with my body, but in the evening I really had a stomach ache and I told myself that I should no longer do this on an empty stomach!” confided Marc-André Grondin, for whom Hot Ones Quebec is a first experience in television animation.


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Wednesday, during the set visit for the episode dedicated to Stéphane Rousseau, the latter reacted a lot by tasting the 8e Chicken wing served with Da’Bomb sauce.

To soothe their taste buds, throat and plumbing, the host and guest can drink water, milk or beer, or eat whipped cream, honey and bite into lemon. This is what Stéphane did at the end, saying he was “worried about the exit”, which made everyone on set laugh. His allergies even returned to gallot as his body reacted to different strong sauces.


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Marc-André had no strong reaction. “I’m not known for my exuberant side! It burns just as much each time and I get heartburn, but the guest reacts so much that it entertains me and makes me think of something else. When we arrive at Da’Bomb, I know not to lick our lips. The first time, that’s what I did and they were on fire,” he said. Be warned at home!

Marc-André plays the brave part, because he shoots two episodes a day, starting the same spicy tasting each time.

Strong sauces from home

The Fair-Play team, which produces Hot Ones Quebec in collaboration with Quebecor Content, wanted to highlight local products after trying 40 sauces before filming. We thus find the Quebec products La Pimenterie, L’arra face, Microsaucerie Piko Peppers and La Grande faueuse.


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After recording, Stéphane Rousseau, who will soon shoot the 4e season of Masked singerssaid he was “correct”.

“My nose is burning and my mouth is still on fire. In life, I like to eat a little spicy, but I never eat the spicy one. This is another level, it’s hard to believe that people eat this for real in life. It’s almost like a nervous shock!” he said.


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The first three chicken wings were tolerable and all was well for Stéphane, who hit a wall with the Da’Bomb sauce. “It’s a slap in the face, it burns you everywhere, even between your teeth. Your brain is sending you signals that you are in total distress!”

The 10 half hours of Hot Ones Quebec, fiery conversation will be available this fall on Vrai. On YouTube, the original version has 13.3 million subscribers.

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