Japan-based Irish chef Alan Fisher has achieved the remarkable feat of breaking two Guinness World Records for the longest cooking marathon ever attempted by an individual.
This announcement came directly from the Guinness World Records on Tuesday through its website.
Alan Fisher cooked non-stop for 119 hours and 57 minutes, breaking the prior record of 93 hours and 11 minutes set earlier in the year by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci.
In addition to his cooking achievement, the Irishman set a new record for the longest baking marathon, spending 47 hours and 21 minutes baking, which exceeded the previous record of 31 hours and 16 minutes.
It’s worth noting that Fisher tackled both record attempts one after the other, devoting a staggering 160+ straight hours to the kitchen.
These impressive accomplishments were realized by the Tokyo-based chef at his restaurant, Kyojin Stewhouse, where he specializes in serving traditional Irish dishes.
Fisher’s decision to take on the challenge was driven by the need to recover from the financial setbacks caused by the pandemic, which had brought his business to the brink of closure.
The chef’s journey to set these records involved the preparation of over 550 kg of food and serving 3,360 portions of 32 different Irish recipes. Fisher shared that his local community’s unwavering support was instrumental in helping him persevere, even when faced with fatigue and hallucinations.
‘I was representing myself, my family, and Irish food, and sharing our story. I couldn’t give up. That was the only option,’ he stated. Guinness praised Fisher’s ‘incredible feat of endurance.’
The Guinness World Records announcement has triggered reactions from Nigeria. Many said they were taken by surprise by Alan Fisher’s accomplishment and wished that Hilda could have enjoyed the record for a little period.
Meanwhile, Hilda Baci reached out to congratulate the current record holder for the outstanding feat achieved.