Hilda Baci dethroned as world cooking record holder

Her record had stood for only 5 months

Alan has dethroned Hilda Baci clenching the title for longest cooking marathon
Chef Hilda Baci (left) with Irish Chef Alan Fisher (right) Alan has dethroned Hilda Baci clenching the title for longest cooking marathon
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Nigerian chef Hilda Effiong Bassey, better known as Hilda Baci, has just been dethroned as the current holder of the Guinness World Record for marathon cooking (Cook-a-thon)after only 5 months.

Hilda's record was knocked off by an Irish chef identified as Alan Fisher.

According to the Guinness World Record committee, Mr. Fisher surpassed Hilda's record time by more than 26 hours!

That is crazy, seeing as how beat Hilda looked when she finally clocked out I can only imagine the state the Irish guy and his feet were at.


While recognizing Chef Fisher's accomplishment the GWR committee said that Fisher “Cooked for an incredible 119 hours and 57 minutes at his restaurant in Japan,” breaking the record set in May by Miss Hilda.

Unknown to many, Fisher actually broke two records back to back.

Chef Alan Fisher
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Apart from breaking the record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual, he also snatched the longest baking marathon record.


The GWR also announced this feat stating, "Alan then 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.

What's 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!"

During his cooking marathon, Fisher was able to cook and serve 3,360 portions to those who stopped by the venue. He also peeled 300 kg of potatoes, made 357 kg worth of soda bread and 590 kg worth of dishes.

27 year old Hilda had clenched the title with 93 hours 11 minutes, setting a new record after surpassing Indian chef Lata Tondon's 87 hours, 45 minutes cook time.

Hilda Baci

The Nigerian entrepreneur had cooked nonstop from May 11 to May 15, 2023.

Lata had held the title since September 2019 before Hilda challenged it in May 2023.

Responding to the news of her title being lost Hilda gave Mr. Fisher his flowers noting the achievement was no small feat.

"Huge congratulations to Alan Fisher! 119hrs 57mins is a huge achievement, and I wish him all the best as the new world record holder!" Hilda wrote on her X account.


Hilda's record attempt was so popular that it crashed the GWR website for two straight days when it was confirmed in June.

According to the site, their website went off-grid due to the immense volume of traffic they received from her legion of loyal fans.

The Guinness Book of World Records was created to put together extraordinary achievements accomplished by people all over the world.


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