Tyrone Holmwood reportedly tried to open the Sydney store’s cash register after he had got into a dispute with workers over payment.
The 24-year-old is said to have struck Joanna Tarnoski, 27, when she tried to prevent him from taking the money.
She then threw the chilli across his face in response, leaving the alleged robber with minor burns.
‘I didn’t think twice, I just wanted to protect myself,’ said Ole takeaway employee Ms Tarnoski.
‘I threw all the chilli on his face here and then he got crazy because of that.’
Mr Holmwood’s father spoke outside the court after his son had received a charge of assault with intent to rob.
Rather than defend him, the alleged perpetrator’s dad backed the worker’s actions.
He said: ‘Good on them. I would have poured hot fat over his head.
‘You know, any right person can protect themselves if they’re getting robbed. He’s lucky he only got chilli over his head.’