Fans crash website as GWR confirms Hilda Baci’s cooking record

Guinness World Records, on Tuesday, announced Hilda Baci the new record holder for the longest cooking time by an individual.

The GWR, however, trimmed down Hilda’s time in her attempt to set a record of 100 hours by deducting almost seven hours from her final total because she mistakenly took extra minutes for one of her rest breaks early on in the attempt.

The previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes was set by Lata Tondon (India) in 2019.

The GWR, in a statement on its website, said Hilda’s cook-a-thon was so popular that traffic from her fans crashed their website for two days.

“Following a thorough review of all the evidence, Guinness World Records can now confirm that Hilda Effiong Bassey, better known as Hilda Baci, has officially broken the record for the longest cooking marathon (individual), with a time of 93 hours 11 minutes,” they stated.

The 27-year-old Nigerian chef began on Thursday, May 11, and continued through to Monday, May 15, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.

Hilda prepared for the event by creating a 35-item menu “as a guide” for every meal that she would cook.

According to the GWR, Hilda’s record attempt took the world of social media by storm, with millions in Nigeria and beyond following her progress via an Instagram live stream.

“Hilda’s cook-a-thon was in fact so popular that our website crashed for two days due to the immense volume of traffic we received from her legion of loyal fans,” the GWR stated.

They added, “Several high-profile Nigerian figures visited Hilda to support her during her record attempt, such as the former Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu; and award-winning singer Tiwa Savage.

The GWR noted that Hilda attempted the record to “put Nigerian cuisine on the map” and “to inspire young African women to chase their dreams.”

“I also decided to break this record to truly push my limits and test my abilities,” she added

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