After nearly a month after her attempt, Guinness World Record has finally certified Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, aka Hilda Baci, the current record holder for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
Hilda cooked for 100 hours non-stop to break India’s Lata Tondon’s 87 hours 45 minutes record of uninterrupted cooking, a record Tondon had held since 2019.
On Tuesday, the record body finally certified her as the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon (individual), being the second woman to hold this title since its inception.
On their website, the record-keeping body said their role is to celebrate the world’s best, to inspire ordinary people and to entertain and inform and as such they do not pay record-breakers for their achievements or for carrying out a record title attempt.
Baci’s achievement is described by many as a true testament to her talent, dedication, and willpower.
The 27-year-old cooked hundreds of tasty meals that were served to the thousands of Nigerians who visited Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos state where she set up for her record-breaking feat.
To the details of the journey, for four days, Hilda received top-notch medical care from a team of doctors, trainers, and nutritionists who managed her through the period.
At some point, Baci experienced vomiting and displayed signs of exhaustion and fatigue.
During the attempt, Hilda Baci was supported by her sous chef, Sunny, friends and family who cheered her on, friends, politicians, celebrities and well-wishers.
She garnered the support of Nigerians and the whole world who watched her both physically forming an energetic and supportive crowd and through several channels on social media.