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Hilda Baci’s cooking record broken by an Irish cook 

Alan Fisher, an Irish chef and owner of a Japanese restaurant, has broken two Guinness World Records. He claimed the longest cooking marathon (individual) in 119 hours and 47 minutes, more than 24 hours longer than the previous record held by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci. He also set the longest baking marathon in 47 minutes, with Wendy Sandner in the USA.

After graduating from Dublin City University in 2008, Alan started his own business, Kyojin Stewhouse, which focuses on Irish food and culture. He learned about the record during the “I Love Ireland” festival in Tokyo and learned that it was held by Lata Tondon in India. However, Hilda Baci extended the record to 93 hours and 11 minutes.

Alan faced difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic, losing all reservations and needing a pandemic support loan to pay bills. Despite these challenges, Alan decided to take on the record-breaking journey himself, overcoming obstacles such as his back, fatigue, and sleepiness. TSK, the local TV provider, helped him film the record for evidence.

Despite the challenges, Alan’s determination and support from the people of Matsue supported his record attempt. After nine days of baking and cooking, he made 357 kg worth of soda bread and 590 kg worth of dishes, making 3,360 portions consisting of 32 recipes. He received his two world record certificates, making his journey a testament to the power of Irish food and community support.

As we celebrate Alan’s remarkable accomplishments, it’s essential to remember and honor previous record holders like Hilda Baci, whose culinary talents and achievements have contributed to the rich tapestry of cooking records. This story serves as a source of inspiration for everyone, reminding us that dedication and the human spirit can conquer even the most daunting challenges.

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