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Tampa Bay Area Company wins BIG at two recent national awards competitions!

Intensity Academy has been awarded the Golden Chile Award for Teriyaki in the 2009 Fiery Food Challenge for Chai Thai Teriyaki! Best New Gourmet Product in the Industry was also awarded to this new company along with a slew of awards at the America’s Best Food Show 2008.

Tampa, Florida September 21st
On September 5, 2008, the most prestigious awards in the spicy food industry were distributed at a gala banquet in Fort Worth, Texas, and Michele Northrup of Intensity Academy came out on top! Three products of hers took home awards. Chai Thai Teriyaki won the esteemed Golden Chile while Chai Chipotle Cocktail Sauce and Chai Chipotle Chup both won 3rd place in their categories.

The Fiery Food Challenge, a competition sponsored by Chile Pepper magazine, pits products against one another in more than 80 categories. Professional judges evaluate hundreds of sauces and other spicy treats awarding first, second and third prizes in each category. Awards are proudly displayed at ZestFest, a spicy food event held the same week as the Fiery Food Challenge, at the Will Rogers Center in Fort Worth. For more information on the Fiery Food Challenge and ZestFest, visit or contact Editor in Chief Gretchen VanEsselstyn at or 212-262-2247x325

On August 15-17, 2008 at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel. Intensity Academy won the prestigious “Best New Gourmet Product in the Industry” and 1st Place All Natural Condiment for Chai Chipotle Chup’ an Organic Chai Tea Infused Spicy Ketchup. Several other products in Michele’s line won at this show as well. The full list of her winners from this show is:
Best New Gourmet Product 1st Place Chai Chipotle Chup’
All Natural Condiment 1st Place Chai Chipotle Chup’
Hot Sauce General 1st Place Chai Chipotle Hot Sauce
Hot Sauce-Mild 2nd Place Carrot Karma won,
Hot Sauce chile specific 2nd Hot 3 (hot cubed)
The goal of America's Best™ Professional Food Competition is to identify superior gourmet products and provide award winners invaluable recognition within the competitive food business. America's Best™ Professional Food Competition trophies are the benchmark by which other awards may be measured. . For Show Details and Information email: or call 949-366-8379.

Intensity Academy has been in business just over a year and has taken on the gourmet food industry by storm. Winning a record 14 NATIONAL AWARDS! These sauces have sparked the interest and created a “drool factor” to the masses across the nation! They are the first company to use Organic Teas as infusions in their sauces!

Michele Northrup, founder and local culinary artisan, said” I’m creating flavors to make the world a saucier place to live…one bottle at a time! I am so excited to win a Golden Chile Award!” Recently featured in Southern Living magazine, Intensity Academy is a local feel good success story.

Go to our website: for more information on our award-winning products. You may also contact us at: or or call at 813-299-3600 for more information.