Hilda Effiong Bassey, known popularly as Hilda Baci, a renowned Nigerian chef and restaurateur, has made history by surpassing the current Guinness World Record for the “longest cooking marathon by an individual.”
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**Marathon Cooking for the Record Books**
Initiating the competition at 4 pm last Thursday, Baci broke the standing record early Monday morning, reaching an astounding 87 hours and 50 minutes of continuous cooking. This surpasses the previous record, held by Indian chef Lata Tondon, who achieved a record of 87 hours and 45 minutes in 2019.
Baci’s extraordinary marathon took place at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos State, with a multitude of Nigerians, including numerous celebrities, weathering the rain to support the visibly exhausted chef.
**A Historic Achievement**
Following a thorough verification process, if Baci’s achievement is certified by the Guinness World Record team, she will displace the current world record holder, becoming the first Nigerian to achieve this particular feat.
Hilda Baci is no stranger to culinary victories. She won the inaugural Jollof Face-off Competition in 2021, earning a grand prize of $5000.
**Nigerians in the Guinness World Records**
This achievement further extends the list of Nigerians who have made their mark in the Guinness World Records. Notable record holders include Gbenga Ezekiel, Divine Ikubor, Bose Omolayo, among others, who have achieved various feats in skipping, music, power lifting, and football.
**Support and Celebration**
Despite breaking the record, Baci intends to continue her cooking marathon, setting her sights on a new goal of 96 hours of non-stop cooking. Throughout this endeavor, she continues to receive overwhelming support from government officials, celebrities, and well-wishers from all walks of life.
Even in the midst of heavy rainfall on Monday, many Nigerians remained steadfast in their support for the chef, showcasing the spirit of resilience and unity characteristic of the country.
**A New Dawn for Nigerian Culinary Excellence**
Baci’s achievement not only establishes her as a distinguished figure in the culinary world but also places Nigeria on the global culinary map. Her relentless dedication and resilience in the pursuit of this record serve as an inspiration to many, highlighting the extraordinary potential and talent that abounds in Nigeria.
This historic event has been live-streamed on YouTube, allowing people around the world to witness this remarkable feat in real-time. As Baci continues her cooking marathon, the world watches in anticipation and support of a new world record.
**About Guinness World Records**
The Guinness Book of Records is a globally recognized reference book that records human and natural world achievements. First published in 1955 by the Guinness Brewery in Ireland, it is one of the world’s most popular reference books. To qualify for a world record listing, individuals or groups must submit evidence of their achievement to the Guinness World Records team and undergo a verification process.