In an official statement released on Monday, Guinness World Records has confirmed Hilda Baci as the latest world record holder for the longest cooking marathon achieved by an individual.
Hilda Effiong Bassey, widely known as Hilda Baci, successfully broke the previous record with an impressive time of 93 hours and 11 minutes, following a thorough review of all the evidence.
The 26-year-old Nigerian chef embarked on her culinary journey on Thursday, May 11, and tirelessly continued until Monday, May 15. Throughout her four-day kitchen endeavor, she managed to cook over 100 pots of food, showcasing her exceptional cooking skills.
Hilda initially aimed for a record-breaking duration of 100 hours. However, due to a minor mistake where she inadvertently took extra minutes during one of her rest breaks early in the attempt, approximately seven hours were deducted from her final total.
According to the rules for marathon records, participants are entitled to a five-minute rest break for each continuous hour of activity. These breaks can be accumulated if not taken immediately and serve as the only opportunities for participants to use the bathroom or sleep during the intense challenge.
The previous record of 87 hours and 45 minutes, achieved by Lata Tondon of India in 2019, has now been surpassed by Hilda Baci’s remarkable achievement.
Hilda’s motivation to attempt and break this record stemmed from her desire to promote Nigerian cuisine on a global scale and inspire young African women to pursue their dreams fearlessly.
In her own words, she explained, “I also decided to break this record to truly push my limits and test my abilities.”
Hilda Baci’s exceptional feat has cemented her place in culinary history and serves as an inspiration to aspiring chefs worldwide.