Hilda Baci: The Nigerian Chef on a Mission to Break Records
In the world of culinary accomplishments, there are chefs who push the boundaries and set new standards. Hilda Baci, a 27-year-old Nigerian TV producer, actress, and head cook at FoodbyHilda, is one such trailblazer. With her sights set on breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon, Hilda is on a mission to make history.
The cook-a-thon kicked off on May 11 and will continue until May 14, featuring a captivating live-streamed show on various social media channels. During this extraordinary event, Hilda plans to showcase her culinary prowess by preparing over 250 recipes, captivating viewers with her culinary skills and creativity.
For Hilda, the journey to this cook-a-thon started five years ago. It has been one of her biggest aspirations, and she is overjoyed to have taken the bold step to embark on this remarkable adventure. The preparations for this marathon have been meticulous, both physically and mentally, as she geared up to take on this formidable challenge.
Beyond breaking a record, Hilda sees this cook-a-thon as an opportunity to share positive stories from Africa through the meals she creates. Each dish will carry with it a taste of the rich heritage, diverse cultures, and vibrant flavors that the continent has to offer. Through her culinary expertise, Hilda aims to showcase the beauty and creativity that emerge from African kitchens, providing a platform to promote the region’s culinary talent.
Hilda also hopes that her record-breaking attempt will inspire and empower young people around the world. With the right platform and support, she believes that young individuals can exhibit remarkable strength and achieve extraordinary feats. By challenging herself and pursuing her dreams, Hilda sets an example for others to follow their passions and push beyond perceived limitations.
The current Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon is held by Lata Tondon, who spent an impressive 87 hours, 45 minutes, and 00 seconds cooking in Rewa, India, in 2019. Hilda is determined to surpass this record, showcasing her dedication, resilience, and unwavering commitment to her craft.
The cook-a-thon will take place at Amore Garden, located in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. As the event unfolds, guests will have the opportunity to witness Hilda’s culinary prowess firsthand and partake in various side attractions. The atmosphere promises to be electric, with an air of excitement and anticipation permeating throughout the venue.
Hilda Baci is not just a chef; she is a visionary, a trailblazer, and an inspiration to all. Her journey to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon represents more than a culinary feat. It symbolizes the endless possibilities that lie within each of us when we dare to dream big and push beyond our limits.
Join Hilda on this exhilarating adventure as she strives to make history, redefine culinary boundaries, and share the rich tapestry of African cuisine with the world. Show your support for this remarkable young chef, and let us witness the power of passion, determination, and the indomitable spirit of Hilda Baci as she leaves an indelible mark on the culinary world.
Reaching out to Guinness
The Guinness World Records website is open to anyone from any country; there’s even a section for kids. After Nowe got on board, we went back to the website, filled out the form and submitted it for approval. I applied a couple of times before they approved because it’s similar to applying for a job or school admission; acceptance isn’t automatic.
They eventually emailed us the guidelines and set up my dashboard. After my cook-a-Thon, I’ll have to send them video evidence. Their team will assess and then update my dashboard to say I’d either broken the record or failed.
The recipes for the cook-a-thon
I’ll prepare about 80 recipes, but they’ll be repetitive. I could make Jollof six times in 24 hours. 80% of the recipes will be Nigerian cuisine. I’ll be making many different types of soups, porridge, rice and pasta. It’ll be a public event that people can RSVP to attend and eat as much as they can.
Hilda Baci’s love for cooking
It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing. The first meal I ever cooked myself was Jollof spaghetti when I was in Primary Four. It was so nice, my mum asked me to make it again. But I goofed. I was seven years old, and it was too much pressure.
Cooking was never my ambition, but it followed me. I’ve always been the best cook in any space. I made the best-fried rice in my Home Economics class in senior secondary school. And in university, my schoolmates would pay me to cook, then take the food to their boyfriends, pretending they made it themselves.
Venue of the cook-a-thon
If you are in Lagos, kindly go to “The Amore Gardens” where the event is taking place to cheer her on! There is also free food!
Update: Hilda won the cook-a-thon by cooking for 100 hours and 45mins