20 facts about Hilda Baci and her Guinness World Record Marathon Cooking

Hilda Baci
Hilda Baci

A young Nigerian chef called Hilda Baci took upon her self to break the Guinness Book of Records for the longest cooking time that was set by an Indian chef Lata Tandon in the year 2019.


  1. Her birth name is Hilda Bassey Effiong. She is a young Nigerian chef from Akwa Ibom State. She owns a food brand in Lagos called “My Food by Hilda”
  2. She is 27 years of age.
  3. Hilda’s mum is also a chef. She owns a food brand called “Calabar Pot”
  4. She must stand to cook, she is not permitted to sit

5.She’s not allowed to take coffee, stimulants, or any energy drink to artificially boost her energy and bodily strength while cooking.

6. She’s allowed to eat food, drink water or fruit juice, and take glucose.

7.She cooks round the clock, no sleep (Morning, afternoon, evening, and night. So, for 4 nights, she won’t sleep)

8.She has just 5 minutes rest per hour [meaning for every 1 hour, she is entitled to just 5 minutes rest or break, that’s an hour break in every 12 hours].

9.She gets a 30-minute break every 6 hours, she spends the 30mins in a medical van which is just close by, within which she can nap, use the restroom, and also get a medical assessment or checkup by the medical team available on the spot.

10.Whatever she cooks is shared to the people at the venue for FREE. She is not selling the food.

11. She cooks different meals simultaneously. She is at liberty to cook any meal she likes. There are no restrictions as to what she can cook or not cook. The World Record title is about cooking within a time frame, not about what is being cooked. As long as she is cooking, she is on track.


12.Every meal cooked and every plate served is recorded. She cooked over 115 meals and served about 4000 people.

13.She started the cooking on Thursday and completed on Monday 15th May, 2023 evening.

14.The current holder of the title Hilda seeks to break is an Indian chef Lata Tandon, who set a Guinness World Record for cooking for 87 hours and 45 minutes non-stop in 2019.

15.To break the record, Hilda Baci was attempting to cook for 96 hours, using extra 9 hours to break the world record as the first human to cook that longest nonstop but she added more hours and cooked for 100 hours and 40 minutes.

16.She tagged the cooking project “Cook-a-thon”, a phrase coined from the word “marathon”

17.She was exhausted as she was cooking but the people around her cheered her on to boost her morale. And they were available all the time as she cook 247, even at night.

18.Most of the food items, ingredients, utensils, etc she used for this project are provided by her sponsors. So, the money expended on this project is not 100% from Hilda or her Food brand.

19.Uber, one of her partners is offered a 40% discounted ride to the venue for people who wished to join and cheer her up at the venue.

20.The cooking took place at Amore Gardens, Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh


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