How Alan Fisher dethroned Nigeria’s Hilda Baci as longest cooking marathon record-holder
Hilda Baci, the Nigerian Jollof Queen, who recently achieved a new Guinness World Records (GWR) for the longest cook-a-thon, has been dethroned.
This means that the Nigerian did not hold her record for more than five months.
The GWR had in June announced that Hilda was the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon (individual), after reviewing all footage of the exercise.
93 hours cooking
Although Hilda attempted to set a record of 100 hours, the GWR officials said a slight mistake on her part affected her set time goal.
The 26-year-old Nigerian chef began her cooking marathon on Thursday, 11 May and continued till Monday, 15 May, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.
Following a thorough review of all the evidence, GWR said the celebrity chef had officially broken the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual), with a time of 93 hours 11 minutes.
Lata Tondon, an Indian chef, set the previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes in India in 2019.
Baci’s record broken
But on Tuesday, GWR announced that an Irish chef, Alan Fisher, has broken Hilda Baci’s record.
GWR said Alan claimed the longest cooking marathon (individual) after clocking in a time of 119 hours 57 minutes, adding that the time was “more than 24 hours longer than the previous record” held by Hilda.
It did not, however, disclose when Alan began and when he ended the cooking.
Other records broken
Alan, an owner of a restaurant in Japan, also claimed the longest baking marathon (individual) with a time of 47 hours 21 minutes, according to GWR.
Wendy Sandner, a chef from the US, set the previous record of 31 hours 16 minutes.
“What’ even more impressive is that Alan took on both attempts back to back, meaning he was at work in the kitchen for over 160 hours with just over a day of rest in between,” GWR said.
Who’s Alan Fisher who dethhroned Hilda Baci
Alan Fisher is an Irish man also an owner and chef of a restaurant in Japan who has broken two cooking-related Guinness World Records titles.
In one of his feats, the man from Ireland dethroned Nigeria’s Chef, Hilda Baci who was confirmed on June 13, declared by the Guinness World Record holder for the longest cooking marathon.
The chef claimed the longest cooking marathon (individual) after clocking in a time of 119 hours 57 minutes. That is more than 24 hours longer than the previous record held by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci.
Also, Alan claimed the longest baking marathon (individual), with a time of 47 hours 21 minutes. The previous record holder was Wendy Sandner (USA) with a time of 31 hours 16 minutes.
While attempting the feat, he took on both events back-to-back, meaning he was at work in the kitchen for over 160 hours with just over a day of rest in between!
In the year of his graduation from Dublin City University in 2008, Alan was looking for a challenge. By going through an overseas graduate programme, which introduced Irish graduates to companies in Asia, Alan received a job offer at a company in Tokyo.
In August 2014, Alan decided to start his own business; it was not difficult for him to pick Irish food and culture as the main themes of the business.
Alan learned about the longest cooking marathon record in March while he was participating in the “I Love Ireland” festival in Tokyo. During this festival, Alan stood inside a rented kitchen car and stayed overnight twice.
During a break, he searched on the internet to find out that the record at the time was held by Lata Tondon (India) with a time of 87 hours 45 minutes. Then in May, Alan realized that Hilda Baci had extended the record to 93 hours and 11 minutes.
During the record attempt, Alan had to overcome different types of obstacles as time went by. During the longest baking marathon (individual) record attempt, it was his back that caused him trouble. Because Alan was mixing dough by hand, his posture got distorted, and as a result, his back got tight and sore.
Towards the end of the longest cooking marathon (individual) record attempt, Alan had to endure fatigue and sleepiness.
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