Hilda Effiong Bassey (born 20 September 1996), better known as Hilda Baci, is a Nigerian chef, restaurateur, actress, and the former holder of the Guinness World Record for marathon cooking (Cook-athon) with 93 hours 11 minutes which was later surpassed by Irish chef Alan Fisher with 119 hours, 57 minutes. [2][3] In August 2021, she won the Jollof Faceoff competition.[4]

Hilda Baci
Hilda Effiong Bassey

(1996-09-20) September 20, 1996 (age 27)
Citizenship Nigeria
Known forformer Guinness World Records holder for World's Longest Cooking Marathon
  • Lynda Ndukwe[1] (mother)

Early life and career edit

Hilda Effiong Bassey was born on 20 September 1996, and she is from the Nsit Ubium Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.[5] She graduated with a degree in sociology from Madonna University, located in Okija, Anambra State.[6] She was the host of Dine on a Budget, a television show that airs on Pop Central TV.[7]

Baci embarked on a culinary education program, drawing inspiration from her mother, a culinary chef.[8]

Filmography edit

Year Movie Role
2020 Dreamchaser[9] Rihanna
2021 A Walk on Water[10] Annie
2023 Mr & Mrs Robert[11] Hilda

Guinness World Record edit

In March 2023, Baci announced she would be attempting the record for the longest cooking marathon.[12] The record was previously held by Lata Tondon[13] whose cooking marathon lasted for 87 hours, 45 minutes in 2019.[14][15]

On 11 May 2023, she started her record attempt titled "Cook-a-thon".[16][17] She broke the record on 15 May.[18]

On Monday May 15, 2023, at exactly 7:45 am, Hilda broke the record for longest cooking marathon by any individual hitting 87 hours 50 minutes above the previous record holder in 2019.[19] On Tuesday, May 16, 2023, Guinness World Records spokesperson released an official statement on its website saying: “We are aware of the record attempt and are looking forward to receiving the evidence for our Records Management Team to review, before we can confirm the record is official.”[20]

To set a new record of the longest cooking marathon, Hilda was originally set to cook for 96hrs, but later extended her goal to a 100 hours cooking marathon.[21][22][23]

High profile Nigerians who visited Hilda include Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu; Lead Pastor of Harvester International, Bolaji Idowu; Nigerian award-winning singer, Tiwa Savage, Tim Godfrey, Ice Prince.[24][25]

The Former Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo also called to cheer Hilda up during the cook-a-thon.[26] Hilda received huge support fan base from Nigerians who trooped to the venue of the cooking competition, while others kept trending her name on Social Media.[27]

After review of videos and evidence, Guinness World Records confirmed that Baci had broken the record longest cooking marathon (individual), with a time of 93 hours 11 minutes.[3][28][29][30]

In November 2023, Hilda Baci lost her Guinness World Record title for the longest cooking marathon by an individual to Alan Fisher, an Irish chef.[31][32] Fisher cooked for 119 hours and 57 minutes, surpassing Baci’s previous record by more than 24 hours.[33] Fisher also broke the record for the longest baking marathon (individual) with 47 hours and 21 minutes.[34]

Baci congratulated Fisher on his achievement and said she was proud of him for breaking her record.[35]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2023 The Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year Herself Pending [36]

References edit

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  9. ^ Staff Writer (2020-02-19). "7 movies and series on Showmax nominated for AMVCAs". Showmax Stories. Retrieved 2023-05-13.
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  36. ^ "FULL LIST: Asake, Tobi Amusan, Osimhen nominated for TFAA 2023". TheCable Lifestyle. 26 September 2023. Retrieved 27 September 2023.

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