Irish chef Alan Fisher, an owner and chef of a restaurant in Japan, has broken Nigerian chef Hilda Baci’s longest cooking marathon by an individual record after clocking in a time of 119 hours 57 minutes – more than 24 hours longer than Baci’s.
The previous record, famously set by Nigeria’s Hilda Baci in June this year, stood at 93 hours 11 minutes.
Fisher then claimed the longest baking marathon by an individual with a time of 47 hours 21 minutes. The previous record holder was Wendy Sandner (USA) with a time of 31 hours 16 minutes.
Hilda Baci’s marathon began on Thursday 11 May and continued through to Monday 15 May, cooking over 100 pots of food during her four-day kitchen stint.
Hilda attempted to set a record of 100 hours, however, almost seven hours were deducted from her final total because she mistakenly took extra minutes for one of her rest breaks early on in the attempt.
Fisher began his non-stop cooking marathon on Thursday, September 29 at 4p.m., making traditional Irish dishes such as bacon and cabbage, Irish stew, and chowder, finishing triumphantly 120 hours later on Monday.
His achievement captured the imagination of locals and there was a constant stream of customers to the restaurant to enjoy the food which was given away for free in accordance with the rules for Guinness World Record.
Before that, Alan had started the 48 hours of baking at 9am on Monday September 25, finishing at 9am on Wednesday September 27, having baked 487 loaves of soda bread, averaging at ten loaves an hour.
“Standing up to knead the dough was the hardest part,” he told the press.
“I peeled roughly 300 kg of potatoes during the cooking marathon. For the first few days, I would look forward to this each evening as it gave me a chance to sit down,” he added.
Fisher also spoke of hallucinations caused by the fatigue and the sleeplessness, saying that, at some point, he even imagined he was speaking to a kitchen colleague while at the whole time, he was all alone.
“Towards the end of the cooking marathon however, as fatigue started to take hold I would find it more and more difficult to stay awake whenever I sat down to start peeling, ” he said.
“The rhythm of the peeling would almost hypnotize me. I had one hallucination on the second-to-last day. I turned to ask someone to pass me something, like I would on any normal day only to realize there was no one there.”