The longest cooking session by a person now belongs to Nigerian chef Hilda Bassey, aka Hilda Baci, according to Guinness World Records (GWR).
Baci’s acceptance was revealed in a video on Tuesday by Mark Mckinley, a Guinness World Records official assessor. While the GWR issued an official statement after the video, the official also posed with Baci’s certification.
Guinness World Records (GWR) announced on Tuesday that Hilda Effiong Bassey, commonly referred to as Hilda Baci, had officially broken the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual), clocking in at 93 hours and 11 minutes. The announcement came one month after Baci’s daring cooking.
According to GWR, Baci tried to achieve a record of 100 hours, but nearly seven hours were subtracted from her final total because she accidentally overstayed one of her rest breaks early in the endeavor.
“Like all ‘longest marathon’ records, the competitor is allowed a five-minute break for every hour of non-stop work. If not taken, these rest pauses might build up. During the effort, they were the only times Hilda could rest or use the restroom,” the statement partially read.
While she was waiting, Damilola Adeparusi, an Ekiti State-based Nigerian chef, launched a 120-hour cook-a-thon, but her endeavor drew both praise and criticism.
Lata Tondon, an Indian cook, broke the previous record in 2019 with a time of 87 hours and 45 minutes.
To “put Nigerian cuisine on the maps” and “inspire young African women to pursue their dreams,” Hilda sought this record.
She continued, “I also chose to shatter this record to really challenge my limits and abilities.
In order to prepare for the occasion, Hilda made a 35-item menu that she used “as a guide” for each meal that she would prepare.
She made sure she had everything she needed to make each recipe, and while the cook-a-thon was going on, her staff went out and bought more food “based on what was needed to be topped up.”
A live Instagram broadcast allowed millions of people in Nigeria and elsewhere to follow Hilda’s record attempt as it unfolded.
According to GWR, Baci’s cook-a-thon had an unprecedented amount of traffic, causing its website to go down for two days.
A number of prominent Nigerian leaders, including the country’s former president Muhammadu Buhari, paid Hilda a visit to show their support for her record attempt. Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who was Nigeria’s vice president at the time, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, and Tiwa Savage, a celebrated musician, were also present.
Hilda opted to start her culinary business after earning her sociology degree from Madonna University in Nigeria, GWR continued. Her mother, chef Lynda Ndukwe, served as an inspiration to her.
Hilda experienced success after success, hosting the television program Dine on a Budget in 2020 and taking first place in the Jollof Face-off in 2021. Leslie Kumordzie of Ghana was defeated by Hilda, who was competing on behalf of her country Nigeria, to win.
She now holds the title of Guinness World Records as of 2023. Congratulate, Hilda Baci once again, the entire Diasporainfo congratulate you on your feat.