Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, has broken the Guinness World Record for the “longest cooking marathon by an individual”.
The chef, on Monday morning, smashed the 87-hour, 45 minutes record set by the current Guinness World Record holder, Chef Lata Tondon from India.
Baci launched into the competition on Thursday at exactly 4pm when she put on her cooker.
Hilda carries on despite having broken the record as she aims to cook for 96 hours, setting a new world record as the first human on earth to spend such an amount of time cooking.
The Chef has continued to receive a wave of support from government officials, celebrities, clerics, and other well-meaning Nigerians.
This is even as Nigerians stood by her despite a heavy downpour in the wee hours of Monday morning in Lagos.
Earlier, Chef Tondon who previously held the record for the ‘longest cooking time’ had sent her benign wishes to Hilda.
Also, her native Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel, on Sunday evening, called Hilda Baci, and commended her for representing the best attributes of the Dakkada philosophy of the State.
The governor was full of praise for her passion and determination to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
“This is what our Dakkada philosophy is all about; the determination to dare and conquer what others thought to be impossible. We salute you for putting our culinary skills on full display and of course, our nationally and internationally celebrated cuisines.
“You are an inspiration to millions of Nigerians, and especially our dear Akwaibomites. We are all solidly behind you as you embark on this inspirational moment. We look forward to hosting you soon,” the governor told her.
Earlier, President-elect Bola Tinubu, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, among others, identified with Hilda Baci.