Popular Nigerian chef, Hilda Bassey Essien better known as Hilda Baci, has said that she remains a Guinness World Record holder in ‘spirit and history’ despite being dethroned by Irish chef, Alan Fisher.
CorrectNG reported on Tuesday that Fisher broke the record for the longest cooking marathon by individual with a new time of 119 hours and 57 minutes.
Guinness World Records, on November 7, confirmed that Fisher completed the cooking marathon at his restaurant in Japan.
“Nigerian cooking queen Hilda Baci has been dethroned. Alan Fisher from Ireland cooked for an incredible 119 hours and 57 minutes at his restaurant in Japan,” GWR wrote.
Following the development, Hilda Baci’s fans asked why she yanked off “Guinness World Record holder” from her social media bio and she explained that she did so just as her predecessor Lata Tondon “respectfully acknowledged” her.
Chef Hilda Baci added that she admired the hard work of her successor, Fisher, who cooked nonstop and broke two records, including that of the longest baking marathon (individual).
She wrote on Twitter; “Just as Chef Lata respectfully acknowledged the new record holder by updating her bio and later fine-tuning the wording, I’ve adjusted mine too.
“Achieving such a record is no small feat, and I know this firsthand. I have only the greatest admiration for the hard work it took for Alan to reach such heights.
“Sportsmanship is about recognizing progress, whether the accolade is in my bio or not. I remain a record holder in spirit and in history. Let’s celebrate achievement and the spirit of competition.”
The Akwa Ibom culinary expert had earlier congratulated Alan Fisher on becoming the new record holder and wished him all the best.
“Huge congratulations to Alan Fisher! 119hrs 57mins is a huge achievement, and I wish him all the best as the new world record holder!” Baci wrote.