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14.05.2023 Featured Meet Two Guinness World Records Chefs Hilda Baci Has Not Surpassed Yet

Published 14th May, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda

Hilda Effiong Bassey, Nigeria’s celebrity cooking chef, is about to set a new Guinness World Record for the longest hours of non-stop cooking.

Popularly known as Hilda Baci, Bassey is a highly celebrated actress and chef based in Lagos State. She hails from Akwa Ibom State.

While Nigerians continue to root for the 27-year-old who is cooking different regional and international delicacies at Amore Gardens, Lekki, Lagos State, FIJ writes about those who have set similar records.

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Lata Tondon is the current titleholder of the Guinness World Record for longest cooking time by a single individual. She cooked for 87 hours, 45 minutes to win the title in 2019.

Chef Lata Tondon
Chef Lata Tondon

Unlike Hilda Baci who is an African, Tondon is an Asian from India. She comes from a small community known as Madhya Pradesh.

She is the first woman to hold this global title. In claiming the spot in 2019, she cooked using different Indian flavours and explored a variety of ways in making eaters of her dishes salivate for more.

Tondon cooked 1,600kg of food grains, 400 vada-pavs, 250 sandwiches and others food items for four marathon days. Over 20,000 visitors, including orphanage children, persons with disabilities and aged persons who attended the event, ate the food.

The chef proved to be an environmental activist when she encouraged her supporters to purchase over 17,000 young trees and planted them to conserve nature.


Rickey Lumpkin is an American from Los Angeles. He won the home kitchen competition in 2018 after cooking for 68 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second.

Chef Rickey Lumpkin II. Source: Guinness World Records
Chef Rickey Lumpkin II. Source: Guinness World Records

He is said to have taken part in the race in order to raise funds to sponsor children education in Africa through World Vision.

According to Guinness World Records, Lumpkin has raised over $45,000 through running marathons and holding fundraisers to achieve his dream.

One must be 16 years old and above to submit an application for the race.

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Now in the third day, Baci has already spent more than 63 hours cooking. If she wins, she will join the list of international cooking record breakers.

She recently posted on her Instagram account that she desired to win the competition to achieve her five-year dream.

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Published 14th May, 2023

By Sodeeq Atanda


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