Nigerians can finally celebrate as Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, has achieved a remarkable feat recognized by Guinness World Records. Hilda Baci has been officially declared the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon by an individual..
Hilda accomplished this extraordinary milestone by continuously cooking for an impressive duration of 93 hours and 11 minutes, surpassing the previous record of 87 hours and 45 minutes set by Lata Tondon of India in 2019.
On Tuesday, June 13, 2023, Guinness World Records (GWR) officially announced Hilda Baci as the new record holder through a statement released on their website.
The GWR, in a statement on its website on Tuesday, said: “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.”
While a tweet on their official Twitter page also reads: “After reviewing all the footage, we’re delighted to announce that Hilda Baci is the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon (individual).
“Watch the video to find out the official time we’ve awarded Hilda and read the full explanation below.”
The 26-year-old Nigerian chef began cooking on Thursday 11 May and continued through to Monday 15 May, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.
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.
Hilda attempted this record to “put Nigerian cuisine on the map” and “to inspire young African women to chase their dreams.”
She was required to abide by several rules during her record-breaking cook-a-thon which includes; ‘There must be at least two items being prepared or cooked at any time’, ‘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,” said GWR.
One of the most important rules of our food-related record attempts is that all items must be consumed after cooking. 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.
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