At 8:00 p.m. yesterday, Hilda Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, completed 100 hours of marathon cooking in her quest to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time by an individual.
The 27-year-old started the cook-a-thon on Thursday, May 11, 2023, and by 08:32 a.m. on Monday, she had cooked for 88 hours and 32 minutes, beating the 87 hours 45 minutes record set by Lata Tondon, an Indian chef in 2019.
At 4:00 p.m., Bassey reached her 96-hour target but she decided to stretch it to 100 hours by cooking for an additional four hours.
During the epic four-day cooking marathon, she cooked hundreds of tasty meals that were served to the thousands of Nigerians who trooped to the Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos State, the venue for the record-breaking feat, to cheer her on.
Nigerians showed the chef massive support on and off social media. Politicians, celebrities, and high-profile individuals rooted for her to break the Guinness World record.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo called her on the phone while the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and former Akwa Ibom State governor, Senator Godswill Akpabio, visited her kitchen as a show of support.
However, though she has broken the record for the longest cook-a-thon, the management of the Guinness World Records says Bassey’s feat will be reviewed before it can be confirmed.
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