On Tuesday, June 13th, Nigerian chef, Hilda Baci, finally got declared as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest cooking marathon.
The Guinness World Record(GWR) in a statement on its website said Hilda now holds the record following a thorough review of all the evidence and footage made available.
“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.
The 26-year-old Nigerian chef began on Thursday, May 11th and continued through to Monday 15th May, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.
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 previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes was set by Lata Tondon (India) in 2019.
Hilda, meanwhile, had said that she attempted this record to “put Nigerian cuisine on the map” and “to inspire young African women to chase their dreams.”
“I also decided to break this record to truly push my limits and test my abilities,” she added.
Hilda prepared for the event by creating a 35-item menu “as a guide” for every meal that she would cook.
She ensured that she had the necessary ingredients to make each recipe, with her team procuring further food items while the cook-a-thon was underway “based on what was needed to be topped up.”
Hilda’s record breaking attempt took the world of social media by storm, with millions in Nigeria and beyond following her progress via an Instagram live stream.
“Hilda’s cook-a-thon was in fact so popular that our website crashed for two days due to the immense volume of traffic we received from her legion of loyal fans,” GWR stated.
Several high-profile Nigerian figures visited Hilda to support her during her record attempt, such as the immediate past Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu; and award-winning singer Tiwa Savage.
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.