Irish chef Alan Fisher has cemented his name in history by smashing the cooking marathon record previously held by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci.
Fisher’s feat was achieved with a remarkable time of 119 hours and 57 minutes in the longest cooking marathon, surpassing Baci’s record by a staggering 24 hours.
However, Alan Fisher’s culinary journey didn’t conclude there. He then proceeded to clinch the title for the longest baking marathon (individual), setting an incredible record of 47 hours and 21 minutes. The previous record holder, Wendy Sandner from the USA, held a time of 31 hours and 16 minutes.
What sets Alan Fisher’s achievements apart is the astonishing accomplishment of tackling both marathon attempts consecutively. He dedicated over 160 hours to the culinary craft, with just a little over a day of rest between the two grueling challenges.
Fisher’s inspiration for these record-breaking feats was sparked during his participation in the “I Love Ireland” festival in Tokyo. It was there that he first learned about the longest cooking marathon record, held by Lata Tondon from India, with a record time of 87 hours and 45 minutes.
Fisher set his sights on surpassing this benchmark, only to discover that Hilda Baci had further extended the record to an incredible 93 hours and 11 minutes. This revelation fueled Fisher’s determination to break the new record.
Hilda Baci, the previous record holder, had embarked on her remarkable cooking marathon from Thursday, May 11 to Monday, May 15, during which she prepared over 100 pots of food over four days. Despite her impressive culinary feat, a minor error in calculating her rest breaks resulted in the deduction of almost seven hours from her final total.
As confirmed by Guinness World Records, Alan Fisher is now the holder of both the longest cooking marathon and the longest baking marathon records, bringing an end to Hilda Baci’s reign.