An extremely daring attempt by Nigerian chef, Hilda Bassey Effiong also known as Hilda Baci to break the record for the ‘longest cooking marathon by an individual’ is yet to be recognized by the Guinness World Records.
Despite an initial plan to do a 96-hour cooking Marathon, Hilda Baci completed a 100 hours marathon yesterday, May 15, 2023.
The cooking marathon which started on Thursday, May 11, 2023, saw politicians and celebrities throng the venue to egg her on as the boisterous crowd watched her cook.
However, the Guinness World Records are yet to acknowledge her as a record holder although they know about her attempt.
In a tweet to inquire why Guinness World Records has been silent on her record attempt and not spoken to it, the organization revealed it was pretty much aware of the record attempt but could only confirm the record officially after a review of all the evidence.
we're aware of this amazing record attempt, we need to review all the evidence first before officially confirming a record 💫 https://t.co/loGnAY8yKE
— Guinness World Records (@GWR) May 15, 2023
The current record is 87 hours and 45 minutes set in Rewa, central India in 2019 by Indian chef Lata Tondon.
Baci is no stranger to the heat of competitive kitchen events. In 2021 she defeated other contestants at the maiden edition of the “Jollof Faceoff”, including a Ghanaian rival in the final, to claim the crown for the best version of West Africa’s fiercely contested spicy rice meal.
She said her passion for cooking was inspired by her mother’s culinary techniques and that her recipes were homemade.