In his weekly column for The Sunday Times newspaper, Jeremy Clarkson has revealed that he was making chilli-flavored crisps with girlfriend Lisa Hogan when he suffered a terrible gash in his thumb while chopping potatoes.
The Grand Tour star decided to use a mandolin slicer to cut the potatoes, but he ended up slicing more than he was hoping for as he cut away a part of his thumb in the process.
He wrote the following:
“You slide the potato along it and the razor-sharp blade takes a slice off the bottom.
“Then you slide it again and it takes another. And you keep doing this, with much vigour, until eventually your thumb is in the firing line and it take a slice off that. A big slice. A crisp-sized slice.
“Lisa noticed that under the mandolin, among the slices of potato, there was a piece of meat.
“It was like a miniature pork chop, about 2cm long, 1cm wide and 3mm thick. And, yes, it was half my thumb.”
The ex-Top Gear presenter then not only had the pain of chopping part of his thumb off, but then the following sting from the chilli they were using in the recipe. Lisa, on noticing the part of his thumb within the cuts of potatoes, quickly picked it up and tried to reattach it, but this only made things worse.
Jeremy revealed that this caused Jeremy even more pain because she’d been touching California reaper chillies, a chilly that scored over 2 million in the Scoville scale.
“Now, you may know that a chilli that scores a record 2.2 million on the Scoville scale can cause a fair bit of irritation when taken orally, but this is nothing compared with what it does when it’s applied to an open wound, along with a dash of salt for extra agony,” he wrote.
“You may have heard the scream from where you were. Even if you were in Stuttgart.”
He explains that he could have lost the use of his thumb:
“The doc explained that I could lose the use of it, and since the opposable thumb is all that separates us from goats, I decided I’d better do as I was told.”
He also let fans know that he was finding life more difficult after the incident:
“I can’t do up button-flied trousers. I can’t open a door. I can’t sign my name and I can’t even wipe my bottom.”