Nigerian Chef Hilda Baci Shatters Guinness World Record with Epic 93-Hour Cook-a-thon
In an extraordinary culinary feat, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, has shattered the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon (individual).
After a meticulous review process, the Guinness World Records officially confirmed her remarkable achievement, leaving the culinary world in awe.
Hilda, a talented 26-year-old chef from Nigeria, embarked on her epic cook-a-thon on Thursday, May 11, and continued tirelessly for an astonishing 93 hours and 11 minutes.
Throughout the four-day endeavor, she cooked over 100 pots of mouthwatering dishes, captivating the hearts and taste buds of food enthusiasts worldwide.
Although Hilda aimed to reach a remarkable 100-hour mark, a minor miscalculation deducted nearly seven hours from her final total.
During one of her early rest breaks, she mistakenly included extra minutes, which were rightfully discounted following the strict rules set by Guinness World Records.
Every ‘longest marathon’ record entrant is granted a five-minute rest break for every continuous hour of activity.
These precious moments are the only opportunities for participants to take essential breaks for bathroom visits or a short nap.
Hilda meticulously planned her breaks, accumulating them strategically to maximize her cooking time and minimize interruptions.
The previous record, standing at 87 hours and 45 minutes, was set by Lata Tondon of India back in 2019.
Hilda’s achievement surpasses this milestone, securing her place in culinary history and solidifying her determination to put Nigerian cuisine on the global map.
The decision to embark on this ambitious record-breaking attempt was fueled by Hilda’s desire to inspire young African women to pursue their dreams and to push her own limits.
With meticulous planning and an extensive 35-item menu as her guide, Hilda embarked on her culinary journey, armed with passion and a burning ambition.
Hilda ensured that she had all the necessary ingredients for each recipe, with her dedicated team procuring additional items throughout the cook-a-thon to ensure she had everything she needed.
Her awe-inspiring journey became a social media sensation, with millions of eager followers from Nigeria and beyond tracking her progress via a captivating Instagram live stream.
The overwhelming support for Hilda caused the Guinness World Records website to crash for two days due to the unprecedented influx of traffic from her loyal fan base.
Prominent Nigerian figures, including Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, and renowned singer Tiwa Savage, visited Hilda during her record attempt, providing encouragement and admiration for her extraordinary feat.
Hilda adhered to a set of rules throughout her record-breaking cook-a-thon.
At any given time, she had to be simultaneously cooking at least two items, with a sous-chef only assisting in prep work, dishwashing, and kitchen cleaning.
The rule that truly highlighted the essence of her accomplishment dictated that all items she cooked had to be consumed.
Hilda extended an open invitation to the Nigerian public, inviting them to savor her freshly made meals, while any leftovers were graciously donated to the Festus Fajemilo Foundation, benefiting the less privileged.
Hilda’s pots of delectable food were generously portioned to serve between 30 to 35 people, and meticulous stock control measures were implemented to minimize wastage.
Her commitment to community and philanthropy was a driving force behind her event, as she aimed to provide free meals and support those in need.
Hilda’s journey to culinary stardom began after she graduated from Madonna University in Nigeria, holding a degree in sociology.
Inspired by her mother, Chef Lynda Ndukwe, she embarked on a culinary career that brought her numerous accolades.
In 2020, she hosted the popular television show “Dine on a Budget,” showcasing her creativity and culinary skills.
In the following year, she emerged victorious in the highly contested Jollof Face-off competition, triumphing over Ghana’s Leslie Kumordzie and proudly representing her homeland, Nigeria.
Now, in 2023, Hilda Baci has etched her name into the culinary annals as an official Guinness World Records title holder.
Her extraordinary cook-a-thon has not only set a new standard for culinary endurance but has also inspired countless individuals to chase their dreams and celebrate the rich flavors of Nigerian cuisine.
Congratulations, Hilda Baci, on your phenomenal achievement!