Ekiti-based Nigerian chef, Damilola Adeparusi, has surpassed Hilda Baci’s 100-hour Cook-a-thon record.
On June 9, 2023, the chef began her 120 hours cook-a-thon to break the yet-to-be-certified record by the current holder, Hilda Bassey who surpassed India’s Lata Tondon, the current record holder for the longest cooking marathon, with 87 hours 45mins in 2019.
Dammy became a cynosure in a viral video after she reportedly completed 15 hours of the 120 hours earmarked for the cooking.
Her video triggered reactions amongst some netizens who criticised her for attempting to break Hilda’s ‘yet to be confirmed’ attempt by the Guinness World Record, while others showered her with praises for believing in herself.
Although faced with a lot of backlashes, Dammy continued to give in her best.
In a video that has surfaced online, Chef Dammy was seen being lifted up in the air by her assistant for breaking Hilda Baci’s record and now heading towards her target 120 hours of cooking. Voices of jubilations were heard at the background of the video hailing chef Dammy for her achievement.
Chef Dammy also caught the attention of a Nigerian doctor, Dr. Ayo Arojo, who gifted the young chef N500,000 and a two weeks cooking tour of the US.
Announcing his offers for Chef Dammy, Arojo, via his Facebook page also drummed up support for the Ekiti Chef writing;
“Chef Dammy will be invited for a two-week cook tour in the United States. I can’t wait for her to start the process!
“Let us continue to support her.”
Meanwhile, an Ibadan-based chef, Temitope Adebayo has announced his plans to undertake a 140-hour cook-a-thon. His 140-hours cook-a-thon has been slated for the 1st of November 2023 at Ibadan, Oyo state.