CUISINE

Kenyan chef breaks world record for longest cooking

Chef Maliha Mohammed
Chef Maliha Mohammed prepares food at the Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa on August 18, 2019. PHOTO | DIANA MUTHEU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

A Kenyan chef in Mombasa, Maliha Mohammed, 36, has broken the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking competition, individual category, after completing a 75-hour cooking marathon.

The chef who started cooking on Thursday, August 15, at exactly 10am to Sunday, August 18, has beaten the record set by Rickey Lumpkin of California, US, who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second in December 2018.

Speaking to journalists at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Maliha, a self-made cook who crafted her talent through YouTube videos, could not hold back tears of joy when she was announced a winner.

FEMALE CHEF

“I thank God, my family, Pwani Oil Company and everyone who contributed to my success of bringing this title home. I am happy to be the first female chef in Africa to earn this title,” Maliha said. She clocked the 75 hours at 1.03pm Sunday.

Despite the fatigue and swollen legs due to standing for long hours, Maliha prepared over 400 recipes of Swahili cuisine and other local foods from all over the country. Continue reading…

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