Guinness World Records has confirmed that 26-year-old Nigerian chef 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.

Hilda began her conquest on Thursday 11 May and continued through to Monday 15 May, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day process.

She had initially planned to set a record of 100 hours but was deducted seven hours as a result of extra minutes taken during one of her rest breaks.

According to the rules, the participant is permitted a five-minute rest break for every continuous hour of activity and these rest breaks can be accumulated if not taken.

The Nigerian chef’s record attempt caused a huge frenzy on social media with many followers eagerly watching via Instagram’s live stream.

Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu; and award-winning singer Tiwa Savage were among several high profile figures who tuned in to witness the fete.

During her record-breaking cook-a-thon, Hilda was required to abide by several rules. One of the most important rules of our food-related record attempts is that all items must be consumed after cooking.

As a result, Hilda invited several members of the Nigerian public to come and eat the meals, while 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. I also decided to break this record to truly push my limits and test my abilities,” Hilda stated.

She further stated that she wanted to put Nigerian cuisine on the map while also inspiring young African women to chase their dreams.

Lata Tondon (India) was the previous record holder with of 87 hours 45 minutes which was set by in 2019.


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