Irish chef Alan Fisher, who runs a restaurant in Japan, has set two new Guinness World Records after cooking for over 160 hours straight. First, Fisher claimed the title of ‘longest cooking marathon (individual)’, having cooked for 119 hours and 57 minutes straight, which means for up to five days. With this, he broke the previous record set by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci by more than 24 hours. After this physically and mentally enduring record attempt, he took a day’s break and went back to the kitchen where he baked for 47 hours and 21 minutes, earning the record for ‘longest baking marathon (individual)’. The previous record holder for the same title was the US’s Wendy Sandner, who baked for 31 hours and 16 minutes.
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Alan was inspired to take up these world record challenges in March when he was cooking for long hours in a rented kitchen during the famous ‘I Love Ireland’ festival in Tokyo. During a break, he searched for the longest cooking marathon and learned about India’s Lata Tondon who cooked for 87 hours and 45 minutes in 2019 and Nigeria’s Hilda Baci who cooked for 93 hours and 11 minutes in May of this year. Inspired by the achievements of both women, Alan decided to attempt the records as well. Before starting the challenge, Alan had to fulfill two criteria: first, ensure no food he cooked goes to waste, and second, have someone record the entire cooking marathon as evidence.
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For that, the local community of Matsue stepped up. The people of Matsue showed up at his kitchen to support him and streamline the food distribution. Additionally, TSK, a local TV provider, offered to record his cooking marathons. With this support behind him, Alan began cooking. While talking to the Guinness World Records about the extreme fatigue and back pain from the back-to-back cooking, Alan mentioned that on the second-to-last day of the challenge, he experienced a hallucinatory episode caused by sleep deprivation. During the episode, he imagined someone with him in the kitchen. He asked them to pass him something, adding that there was no one there. Despite these challenges during the nine days of cooking, Alan secured two world record titles.