Nigerian Chef Hilda Effiong Bassey popularly known as Hilda Baci has officially received her Guinness World Records certificate for her remarkable cooking feat for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
Surpassing the previous record held by Indian chef Lata Tondon, Hilda cooked for an impressive duration of 93 hours and 11 minutes, captivating audiences in Nigeria and beyond.
Her relentless dedication to showcasing Nigerian culinary traditions and pushing her own limits has earned her a well-deserved place in the Guinness World Records.
It feels so good to hold it I remember seeing a photoshopped picture of myself pointing at it and I said to God will have an original and he did it congratulations to all of us this is a collective win thank you all so much for your continuous love and support ❤️ pic.twitter.com/WY4YtdfQIs
— Hilda Baci (@hildabacicooks) June 20, 2023
On Tuesday, she took to Instagram to proudly share her Guinness World Records certificate, captioning the post with the words: “HILDA EFFIONG BASSEY, FIRST OF HER NAME, BREAKER OF RECORDS.”
Hilda’s record was announced by the Guinness World Record Team in a video tweet on Tuesday, June 13, 2023, but she has now officially received the plaque.
The 26-year-old’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.
Motivated by her desire to showcase the richness of Nigerian culinary traditions, Hilda embarked on this extraordinary journey with a mission in mind.
“I wanted to put Nigerian cuisine on the map,” she shared with CNN, radiating determination. “I also decided to break this record to truly push my limits and test my abilities.”
The award-winning chef in an exclusive interview with TV3, revealed that she faced several challenges during her extraordinary journey to the cooking feat that lasted for 100 hours.
According to Hilda who spoke to AJ Sarpong, the stress associated with the marathon pushed her to experience her menstrual cycle and cramps earlier than anticipated.
Due to this, she had to take showers during her breaks to change and maintain personal hygiene.
As she, further explained, being on her period reduced the time she had for rest, complicating an already strenuous endeavour.
“I was on my period the entire time and I think that sort of made it extra hard. What that meant was it took away from the time I had to rest,” she told 3 Entertainment Correspondent AJ Sarpong.