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Nigerian chef Hilda Baci loses cooking record

Nigerian chef Hilda Effiong Bassey, better known as Hilda Baci, has been officially dethroned as the Guinness World Record holder for the longest cooking marathon.

This was confirmed by Guinness World Records (GWR) in a statement on their official website on Tuesday, where they also announced Irish chef Alan Fisher as the new record holder.

“Alan Fisher (Ireland), a restaurant owner and chef in Japan, has broken two cooking-related Guinness World Records,” the statement read in part.

“Firstly, he has claimed the longest cooking marathon (individual) after clocking up a time of 119 hours and 57 minutes. This is more than 24 hours longer than the previous record held by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci.”

According to GWR, Fisher claimed the longest individual baking marathon with a time of 47 hours 21 minutes.

What is even more impressive is that Fisher did both attempts back to back, meaning he was in the kitchen for over 160 hours with just over a day’s rest in between!

In April, Baci, became an international sensation after cooking for four days. She cooked for 100 hours and was allowed a five-minute break each hour or the equivalent over several hours.

However, GWR later logged her record at 93 hours 11 minutes, docking her seven hours for taking a more extended break than allowed on one occasion.

In their announcement, the Guinness World Record tweeted, “After reviewing all the footage, we’re delighted to announce that Hilda Baci is the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon (individual).”

The tweet blew up with Guinness World Record acknowledging it was the best-performing tweet ever.

According to GWR rules, Baci was allowed one assistant at a time and was only permitted to use the toilet or nap during her breaks.

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

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