A Mombasa-based chef, nominated by the Guinness World Record to break the world record for most hours spent cooking, is in her first trial this weekend.
This is in preparation for her Guinness World Record marathon on August 12 where she will cook for 75 hours non-stop. This weekend Maliha Mohammed will attempt to cook for 36 hours non-stop in her first trial.
The 36-year-old chef is aiming to break the current record held by Rickey Lumpkin of California, US, who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second in December 2018.
She began her rehearsal at 9 am Friday and will go on until 9pm Saturday, at the Technical University of Mombasa.
Pwani Oil Company sponsored Maliha
Mombasa-based cooking oil and detergent maker, Pwani Oil, offered to cater for all her expenses in the competition. This was after the chef’s plight was highlighted in the local media, where she called upon well-wishers to support her to bring the title to Kenya.
Maliha was also nominated last year but due to financial constraints, she was not able to participate.
“The purpose of this trial is to prepare and equip Maliha and her team with skills needed for the 75 hours attempt at breaking the world record. It is our hope that the support we give helps her realize her potential as a chef and set a new global benchmark for cooking,” said Rajul Malde, Pwani Oil Commercial Director.
The company will cover Maliha’s expenses including fees paid to Guinness World Record, equipment, food and other logistics.
Maliha eyes big win
“I will be looking to cook a mix of dishes including local and international cuisines. My goal is to showcase what Kenya has to offer especially Swahili dishes. The food I cook from the 100 recipes I have prepared will be distributed to homes for the destitute in and around Mombasa,” said Maliha.
She will be supported by a team of forty individuals working in shifts of eight hours each. Her other sponsors include Sea Gas who have offered to supply free cooking gas.
The Guinness Book of World Records, is a reference book published annually, listing world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.