Kenyan chef, Maliha Mohammed, has set a new Guinness World Record for the longest solo cooking session.
She achieved this feat by cooking continuously for 150 hours and 11 seconds, breaking the previous record held by Irishman Alan Fisher, who cooked for 119 hours and 57 minutes in 2023. Maliha is now awaiting her Guinness World Record acknowledgement for the longest home kitchen cooking marathon she set in August.
The six-day-long cooking marathon was a gruelling test of Maliha’s mental and physical strength. She persevered through it all and has rightfully earned her place in the record books.
She posted her excitement, “The lion, the conqueror, the champion is here! 150 hours and the record is home. Thanks to all that came through especially Kenyans that made it to witness this prolific moment in time. Remember, be phenomenal or be forgotten!”
In an interview after she broke the record at 12:34am, Wednesday, she said: “Embarking on this journey was undoubtedly one of the most difficult yet fulfilling undertakings of my career,” she noted.
“Every second felt like an eternity, but also an opportunity to push beyond limits. This has not just been a personal triumph but a celebration of the resilience that resides within each one of us. It has been a journey and labor of love from Kenyans from all walks of life.”
Chef Maliha is no stranger to pushing culinary boundaries. In her initial attempt, she lasted an impressive 90 hours and 15 minutes, shattering the previous record of 68 hours, 30 minutes, and 1 second.
However, Nigerian chef, Hilda Baci, managed to reclaim the title shortly after, only for Irish chef Alan Fisher to surpass the achievement.
“We are proud to stand alongside Chef Maliha as she conquers new culinary frontiers,” said Amanda Donahue, CEO, Proto Energy who are sponsoring her quest. “Our support goes beyond the kitchen; it’s a commitment to fueling not only kitchens but also the aspirations of those who dare to dream.”
The Chef and her team will now be waiting for official ratification of the record from the Guinness World Record team with a decision to be made within the next five days.