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BREAKING: Hilda Baci declared world record holder for longest cooking marathon

Finally, Nigerian Chef Hilda Baci has been declared the Guinness World Record holder for the longest cooking marathon.

It is no longer news that Hilda Baci, the head cook at FoodbyHilda, commenced a four-day ‘cook-a-thon’, and concluded it after 100 hours and 40 minutes of non-stop cooking. 

GWR said that Hilda attempted to set a record of 100 hours, however, almost seven hours were deducted from her final total because she mistakenly took extra minutes for one of her rest breaks early on in the attempt.

According to the Guinness World Record, as with all ‘longest marathon’ records, the participant is permitted a five-minute rest break for every continuous hour of activity.

These rest breaks can be accumulated if not taken but they were the only times Hilda could use the bathroom or sleep during the attempt.

The Guinness World Record in a statement on its website however said that Hilda now holds the record following a thorough review of all the evidence.

“Following a thorough review of all the evidence, Guinness World Records can now confirm that Hilda Effiong Bassey, better known as Hilda Baci, has officially broken the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual), with a time of 93 hours 11 minutes,” GWR wrote.

Hilda was required to abide by several rules during her record-breaking cook-a-thon one of which is that there must be at least two items being prepared or cooked at any time

The second rule is that a sous-chef is permitted to assist in prep work, washing up, and cleaning the kitchen area, but all the cooking must be done by the individual attempting the record.

“One of the most important rules of our food-related record attempts is that all items must be consumed after cooking,” GWR noted.

To this end, Hilda invited any and all members of the Nigerian public to come and eat her freshly made meals. All leftover food was donated to the Festus Fajemilo Foundation.

“My team’s and my goal for this event was to make it free to all and to feed the less privileged,” Hilda said.

According to Hilda, each pot of food she cooked was big enough to serve 30-35 people, and “appropriate stock control was conducted” to avoid any wastage of food.

It has also been stated that with Hilda being named the new GWR record holder for the cooking competition, it will take atleast a year before another person can attempt it( This is for Ekiti-based chef Dammy and others).

The previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes was set by Lata Tondon (India) in 2019.

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