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Guinness World Records confirms Hilda Baci as record holder for longest cooking

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Excitement and jubilation have pervaded the air as Guinness World Records has finally confirmed Nigerian chef, Hilda Baci, as the holder of the longest cooking marathon in the world.

The body had stated it was reviewing the evidence submitted by Baci after breaking the record of cooking for five days non-stop in Lagos some weeks back.

The chef had also expressed her frustration following the delay of her endorsement by the world body but the delay is now over as Baci has been confirmed by world body on Tuesday morning.

A statement from the body said: “Following a thorough review of all the evidence, Guinness World Records can now confirm that Hilda Effiong Bassey, better known as Hilda Baci, has officially broken the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual), with a time of 93 hours 11 minutes.”

Watch: How Hilda Baci Broke Cooking Record With 93 Hours, 11 Mins — Guinness World Record

The 26-year-old Nigerian chef began on Thursday 11 May and continued through to Monday 15 May, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.

Hilda attempted to set a record of 100 hours, however, almost seven hours were deducted from her final total because she mistakenly took extra minutes for one of her rest breaks early on in the attempt.

As with all ‘longest marathon’ records, the participant is permitted a five-minute rest break for every continuous hour of activity. These rest breaks can be accumulated if not taken. They were the only times Hilda could use the bathroom or sleep during the attempt.

The previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes was set by Lata Tondon (India) in 2019.

Hilda attempted this record to “put Nigerian cuisine on the map” and “to inspire young African women to chase their dreams.”

“I also decided to break this record to truly push my limits and test my abilities,” she added.

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