In a heartening gesture, Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has extended a helping hand to chef Abdul-Razak Failatu’s ambitious endeavor to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
The Vice President’s representative, Northern Regional Minister Shani Alhassan Saibu, announced a generous donation of GH₵30,000 on behalf of Dr. Bawumia during a ceremony at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale on January 1, 2023.
Minister Saibu conveyed Dr. Bawumia’s regret at being unable to attend in person due to official duties abroad but emphasized the Vice President’s keen interest in supporting initiatives that showcase the diverse talents within the country.
The minister expressed optimism that Chef Failatu’s cook-a-thon in Tamale would not only put the region on the culinary map but also highlight its rich hospitality offerings.
Chef Failatu, undeterred by the challenge, commenced her marathon cooking session on New Year’s Day, 2024.
Her goal is to cook continuously for an astonishing 120 hours, surpassing the existing Guinness World Record set by Irish chef Alan Fisher.
The event has drawn attention not only for its ambitious nature but also for the backing received from the Vice President, further emphasizing the importance of culinary excellence in Ghana.
As the city of Tamale becomes the backdrop for this culinary spectacle, Chef Failatu and her team are fueled by the VP’s support, hoping to create a record that will stand the test of time and celebrate the culinary prowess of Ghana on the global stage.