Irish Chef Unseats Hilda Bassey, Sets New Record

Irish chef, Alan Fisher, on Tuesday unseated Nigeria’s Hilda Effiong Bassey to take the world record for the longest cooking marathon.

This was confirmed by Guinness World Records (GWR) in a tweet on its official website, which was later posted on X.

Fisher “cooked for an incredible 119 hours and 57 minutes at his restaurant in Japan,” GWR said, breaking the record set in May by Bassey, who is known on social media as Hilda Baci.

“Alan Fisher (Ireland), an owner and chef of a restaurant in Japan, has broken two cooking-related Guinness World Records titles,” the statement read.

“First up, he’s 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.

“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!”

Hilda was in June declared the Guinness World Record holder for the longest cooking marathon.

Bassey’s record-breaking, 93-hour, 11-minute cookathon shot her to instant fame in Nigeria. Hilda had broken the previous record of 87 hours 45 minutes which was set by Indian’s Lata Tondon in 2019.

The 26-year-old Nigerian chef began on Thursday, May 11, and continued through Monday, May 15, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.

GWR said that Hilda attempted to set a record of 100 hours, however, almost seven hours were deducted from her final total because she mistakenly took extra minutes for one of her rest breaks early on in the attempt.

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