Guinness World Records has officially recognized Hilda Effiong Bassey, also known as Hilda Baci, as the new world record holder for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
In a statement released by the renowned British reference book on Tuesday, 13 June the confirmation was made after a comprehensive review of all the evidence.
Hilda achieved a remarkable time of 93 hours and 11 minutes, surpassing the previous record of 87 hours and 45 minutes set by Lata Tondon of India in 2019, GWR announced.
The 26-year-old Nigerian chef commenced her culinary endeavour on Thursday, May 11, and persevered until Monday, May 15 when she set a cooking record of 100hours 45minutes.
Throughout her four-day marathon in the kitchen, she cooked over 100 pots of food.
While Hilda Baci initially aimed to complete 100 hours, she inadvertently added extra minutes to one of her rest breaks early in the attempt, resulting in a deduction of nearly seven hours from her final total, GWR disclosed.
In accordance with marathon regulations, participants are entitled to a five-minute rest break for every continuous hour of activity, GWR official made the closure.
He hinted that these breaks can be accumulated if not taken immediately.
They served as the only opportunities for Hilda to attend to personal needs such as using the bathroom or grabbing some sleep during her grueling feat.
However, Hilda while offering into into her quest said she undertook the record-breaking challenge with two objectives in mind: to showcase Nigerian cuisine on a global platform and to serve as an inspiration to young African women, encouraging them to pursue their dreams.
“I also decided to break this record to truly push my limits and test my abilities,” she expressed.
Hilda Baci’s achievement has cemented her name in the prestigious annals of Guinness World Records, and her dedication, culinary skills, and determination have undoubtedly left an indelible mark on the world of cooking.