Posted March 8, 2007 by Nick Lindauer in Makers

Jim Campbell likes it hot



Jim Campbell likes it hot, no matter what “it” is.

His job. Food. Vacations. His hobby.

The hotter, the better.

At the ripe age of 10, he grew chili peppers in his parents’ victory garden while his nine brothers and sisters grew more traditional veggies. Back then, he was merely infatuated with the colors and shapes of each chili variety.

But this burning passion for all things hot would eventually lead him to become a decorated lieutenant with the Pike Township Fire Department.

It also would propel him to become one of the most influential people in the chili pepper and hot sauce industry.

Since starting Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co. about 15 years ago, Campbell, 48, has helped the underground chili industry hit the mainstream. He has been featured on Food Network several times and is credited by his peers for being a guiding influence in the worldwide chili pepper “brotherhood.”

And he does it all on a part-time basis from his Franklin home.

Read the complete article here


We all love you Jim – great article!

Nick Lindauer

The Original Hot Sauce Blog