Hilda Baci, aged 27, commenced her culinary endeavor at 15:00 GMT on Thursday. Utilizing a wide array of over 100 distinct dishes. Eminent figures from the political and celebrity spheres, alongside an enthusiastic crowd, have been encouraging her progress. The existing record, established in 2019 by Indian chef Lata Tondon in Rewa, central India, stands at an impressive 87 hours and 45 minutes. The verification of Hilda Baci’s potential record-breaking achievement is presently under review by Guinness World Records. Despite the absence of official representatives from the organization at the upscale location in Lekki, Lagos, CCTV cameras have installed to closely monitor the event.
Initially aiming for a duration of 96 hours, until 15:00 GMT on Monday, the fervent crowd gathered outside the venue is now urging her to surpass the remarkable milestone of 100 hours. Hilda Baci has predominantly prepared Nigerian delicacies, such as jollof rice, alongside various types of rice, pasta, and the ever-popular street food known as akara, made from deep-fried mashed beans. The delectable food items are being distribute to invited guests.
During her cooking marathon, Hilda Baci is permitted to have one assistant at a time and is entitled to a five-minute respite per hour, or the equivalent accumulated over several hours. Expressing her thoughts to News Pidgin before embarking on this endeavor, the chef emphasized that this endeavor is a testament to the strength exhibited by young individuals when provided with the right platform and support.
Visible signs of physical exertion are apparent in Hilda Baci. Prompting the application of cold compresses to her head and foot massages during her breaks. A medical assistant diligently monitors her vital signs. Her remarkable attempt has captured the attention of the nation. Attracting the presence of esteemed politicians and celebrities who visit to offer their support. Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, attended the venue on Sunday. And she also received a phone call from Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo.
“We take immense pride in witnessing Hilda embark on this extraordinary journey within our state. I will continue to follow the progress closely and eagerly await the final outcome,” expressed Mr. Sanwo-Olu. Hilda Baci is no stranger to the competitive ambiance of culinary events. In 2021, she emerged triumphant in the inaugural “Jollof Faceoff” competition, surpassing fellow contestants, including a formidable Ghanaian rival. To claim the coveted title for the best rendition of West Africa’s fiercely contested spicy rice dish.
Her culinary passion stems from her mother’s culinary techniques, serving as a profound inspiration for Hilda Baci. Who prides herself on the homemade nature of her recipes.