Nigerian lady sets Guinness World Record with 100-hour marathon cooking


Photo: Hilda Baci doing her thing

Nigerian lady sets Guinness World Record with 100-hour marathon cooking

A Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, known as Hilda Baci, on Monday night set a new Guinness World Record by completing a 100-hour marathon cooking session.

In a remarkable display of skill and perseverance, 25 years old Hilda, from Akwa Ibom State,  accomplished the extraordinary feat by successfully completing the 100 hours, to set a new Guinness World Record.

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She had earlier on Monday broken the record by cooking for 88 hours and 32 minutes, equaling the previous record set by an Indian chef in 2019.

With unwavering determination, Hilda surpassed her initial goal of 96 hours and reached the incredible milestone of 100 hours of continuous cooking on Monday night.

Hilda began her cooking marathon early Monday morning and quickly surpassed the previous record of 87 hours, 45 minutes, and 00 seconds, set by Indian chef Lata Tondon in 2019. By 8:32 a.m. on Monday,

She had matched the existing record, determined to establish a new benchmark for the longest cooking time by an individual.

Undeterred by her initial accomplishment, Hilda remained resolute in her ambition to cook for 96 hours, aspiring to become the first person in history to spend such an extended period of time engaged in continuous culinary preparation.

However, at 4 p.m., she made a decision that surpassed all expectations: she would strive for 100 hours of marathon cooking.

With unwavering dedication and the support of numerous well-wishers, Hilda continued her marathon cooking journey.

Finally, at precisely 8 p.m. on Monday, she reached the extraordinary milestone of 100 hours, solidifying her place in culinary history.

Hilda had embarked on her ambitious cooking endeavor on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 4 p.m., igniting a wave of enthusiasm and support both online and at the physical venue of the event held at Amore Gardens in the upscale Lekki area of Lagos.

Prominent figures from various fields have rallied behind Hilda throughout her remarkable achievement. Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State personally cheered her on during the event, joined by the likes of Pastor Bolaji Idowu from Harvesters International Christian Centre and actor Charles Okocha, among others.

Additionally, influential Nigerian leaders including President-elect Bola Tinubu, Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and former Anambra State Gov Peter Obi have expressed their support and admiration for Hilda Baci.

Hilda’s triumph in the marathon cooking session adds to her already impressive culinary track record.

She gained recognition as the winner of the inaugural Jollof Face-off Competition in 2021, where her exceptional talent shone, securing her the grand prize of $5000.

Hilda’s unparalleled dedication, passion, and culinary skills have brought immense pride to Nigeria and continue to inspire aspiring chefs worldwide.

Her groundbreaking achievement in completing 100 hours of nonstop cooking will be remembered as a testament to human determination and a remarkable milestone in the culinary world.

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