Akwa Ibom-Born Chef Hilda Baci Breaks Guinness World Record for Cooking - All You Need to Know

Photo of Hilda Baci, Akwa Ibom-born chef, holding her Guinness World Record for cooking.


Popular Nigerian chef, Hilda Baci, has broken Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by any individual. The restaurateur began her record-breaking cooking marathon on Thursday May 11, 2023, at 4pm local time (16.00 GMT). Hilda beat the 4-day mark of the previous Guinness World Record Cook-a-thon title holder, on the early hours of Monday May 15, 2023.

The former holder of the Guinness world Record Cooking title before Hilda Baci was an Indian chef by name Lata Tondon who grabbed the title in 2019. Hilda had, however, taken the title from Tondon after she surpassed her 87 hours 50 minutes record on Monday morning, and even continued her cooking feat beyond the scheduled 4pm. As at the time of this report, the Nigerian chef has cooked for 96 hours straight and still targeting 100 hours. This makes her the first individual in the world to have cooked for such a long time without break.

During the cooking marathon, Hilda was not allowed to sit down. She only had 5 minutes rest every hour, and a few moment for changeups and brushing.

The cook-a-thon which took place at Amore Gardens in Lekki, Lagos State, Nigeria, had thousands of spectators present to witnesses her cooking feat and millions watching her across Nigeria and other parts of the world.

Although she was the only one doing the cooking, Hilda was assisted by Chef Sunny and a few others who stood by her to provide her needs in the kitchen. By the end of the marathon, Hilda had cooked hundreds of different kinds of food, mostly indigenous Nigerian dishes, feeding nearly 3000 people, and stealing the heart of everyone who witnessed the event.

Hilda Bassey Biography: Who is Hilda Bassey?

Hilda Effiong Bassey popularly known as Hilda Baci is a renounced Nigerian chef, a TV personality and social media influencer who became famous after breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual (cook-a-thon). She cooked several dishes in a straight 100-hour period from Thursday, May 11, to Monday, May 15, 2023; the longest anyone ever reached in that category.

Chef Hilda Bassey's Personal Information

Name Hilda Effiong Bassey
Nick Name Hilda Bassey
Gender Female
Date of Birth September 20, 1996
Age 27
Parents Effiong Bassey (Father), Lynda Ndukwe (Mother)
Town/ Local Government of Origin Nsit Ubium
State of Origin Akwa Ibom
Tribe Ibibio
Nationality Nigerian
Languages Ibibio, English
Height 5 Ft 6 inches
Weight 62 kg
Complexion Dark
Education B.Sc. Sociology, Madonna University
Profession Chef, Restauranteur, and TV Personality
Awards a. Winner Jollof Face-off Competition Maiden Edition (2021)
b. Guinness World Record for 100 hours straight cooking (2023, pending).
Networth $300,000
Social Media handle @hildabaci, @Myfoodbyhilda

Birth and Parentage

Hilda Effiong Bassey, 27, was born on September 20, 1996, in Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. While Hilda's father, Effiong Bassey Hails from Nsit Ubium, and an Ibibio man, her mother, Mrs. Lynda Ndukwe, is an Igbo woman and the CEO of Calabar Pot, an outdoor and indoor catering services firm based in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria.

Hilda BAci: Education, Profession and Awards

Akwa Ibom Chef, Hilda Bassey, Biography: Image of her in her kitchen

One would not need to doubt the origin of Hilda's wild passion for cooking. Her mother, Lynda, is a chef and she developed passion for the cooking profession from childhood through her mother. She did not immediately dive into cooking career but only assisted her mother's catering business. Hilda's passion for cooking became a professional pursuit after she graduated from Madonna University in Okija, Anambra, Nigeria, where she studied sociology.

It was after her graduation that she dived into Culinary Art and through her creativity and excellence founded @Myfoodbyhilda, a culinary company which is well known for displaying excellent and delicious cuisines across several social media platforms, mostly Instagram.

Hilda Bassey's love for cooking didn't end in the kitchen. She had embarked on several record-breaking feats and has been a beacon of culinary excellence in the cooking world, especially in Nigeria and across the African continent.

On July 2021, she won the maiden edition of the Jollof Face-off Competition, a win that earned her $5000 grand prize. The Jollof Face-off Competition was sponsored by VFD Microfinance Bank (VBank), Ohuru by HSE, AfriPay, Maggi and Cellar Central, and attracted competitors from different countries including Nigeria and Ghana.

Hilda Bassey's Personal Life and Relationship: Does Hilda Bassey has a Boyfriend?

Hilda Bassey is single and not yet married. Not much is known about her boyfriend. Although she might be dating, she prefers people to focus more on her good food and culinary accomplishments over her personal life.

Why Hilda Bassey's Guinness World Record is Unique

Hilda Bassey's Guinness World Record journey seems to receive the highest support any world record breaker had ever received in the country in recent time. Many Nigerians have received Guinness World Record, the most recent being Gbenga Ezekiel who holds record for the most skips in a minute on one leg (February 2023), and Divine Ikubor aka Rema who holds Guinness record for ‘Calm Down’ as the first No.1 Hit on The Official MENA Chart, the world’s first regional streaming chart (May 2023).

What makes Hilda Bassey's Record so special is that she has received the highest support over others. This maybe due to the fact that many people have passion for Nigerian local cuisines or because of the organizer's good planning. While she was engaging in the cooking marathon, the Nigerian social media had her name on several hashtags and her face dominated the profile pictures of most Nigerians and food lovers around the world.

The venue of the cooking marathon was filled to the brim. Churches were seeing on the venue holding church service and praying for God to strengthen her throughout the 'journey'. Nigerian youths across different tribes and religion gathered together and sang her name while traditional dancers colored the event with amazing performance.

Back home to her own state, Akwa Ibom, people gathered at several locations at the State's capital, Uyo, in Hilda Bassey's honor. Locations like the Ibom Tropicana Entertainment Center's mall car park had hundreds holding pots with Hilda's name tag. Others gathered at Nwaniba road, Udo Udoma Avenue, among other locations.

The  event also witnessed the visitation of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other prominent Nigerians and celebrities. Hilda's social media handle had no space for comment while she also topped news headline across the globe including BBC, Knowledge Trend Media, Voice of Nigeria and other platforms.

Nigerian politicians, world celebrities and former Guinness world record bearers had also commended Hilda for her record-breaking feat.

What Hilda Bassey's Guinness World Record Means for Her State, Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom State Government congratulatory letter to Hilda Bassey on Breaking Guinness World Record for longest cooking hour

The Akwa Ibom State government and all the good people of the state have joined well meaning Nigerians to celebrate their daughter, Hilda Bassey, for breaking the Guinness World Cook-a-thon Record.

The state government in a statement issued through the States Commissioner for Information termed Hilda's cooking feat as a "historic move". This was contained in a press release titled: "The Guinness Record Attempt: A Dakkada Exemplar," as approved by the state governor, Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Orman Esin, and signed by the commissioner for Information.

Hilda Effiong Bassey's Guinness World Record is a double win for the people of Akwa Ibom State as it adds up to the existing Guinness World Record presently held by the State. Akwa Ibom State is currently holding the record for the "Ibom 999 Carol", the largest Christmas gathering in the world. 

As an indigene of the state, winning a Guinness World Record is grabbing more attention from people around the world to Akwa Ibom State. This in turn will help boost the state's plan toward modernizing its tourism sector.

Akwa Ibom State is already the most exotic place and a top tourist destination in Nigeria as it is known as the cleanest state in country, the state with the best cuisines and one of the most peaceful states in the country.

Akwa Ibom is also popular for great infrastructural development, boasting of Ibom Air (the best Nigerian Airline) and the famous Godswill Akpabio's International Stadium, the best sports stadium in Nigeria.

The state also have great people who have broken several records and accomplished great feats in their professions, the likes of Vincent Enyiama who holds record as the greatest African goalkeeper of all times.

In addition, Hilda's win is a motivation for young Akwa Ibomites and Nigerians who wish to aim more in their various fields of human endeavors.

For Hilda Bassey, her experience throughout the period of the Guinness world Record attempt would remain an everlasting memory and she will stand to lose nothing. Besides the fame which she has already gotten, the award will lift her business, Myfoodbyhilda to a global brand and give her a unique recognition in the world of cooking and Culinary Arts.

Big congratulations to Hilda Baci from the staff and management of Knowledge trend Media.

Source: KnowledgeTrendMedia

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