Hilda Baci, the 27-year-old chef who held Nigeria spellbound for days during her Guinness World Record attempt, has described her career as divinely orchestrated.
Clocking 100 hours in the kitchen, last Monday, Baci broke the record for Longest Cooking Marathon (Individual) currently held by Indian Chef Lata Tondon at 87 hours and 45 minutes.
In a live appearance Tuesday on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the culinary expert stated that cooking is something she has always done and wanted to do.
“So, even when I was a TV presenter — and that’s not to say I’m no longer a [TV] host because I’m still very capable of doing those things, it’s more, I chose to apply myself more here because I needed to focus on this aspect of my life and the business aspect, to basically build a system.
“Even when I was on TV, what I did was host a cooking show and host a cooking segment on a breakfast show. So, someway, somehow, even in the other aspects of my career, cooking still pretty much shines out the best, and I would say it’s what God wants me to do,” she said.
Recalling the start of her cooking business, MyFood by Hilda, the Akwa Ibom native said her experience was a pointer to her belief that she had found her calling.
“The minute I started my business, the response to it was amazing. The response to it has been amazing and that’s just a testament to show that this is what I’m meant to do and I love doing it. So, for the most part, it doesn’t feel like work,” Baci stated.
‘It costs a lot of money’
Hilds Baci also said she spent over five months on the actual execution of the event and spent a lot of money organizing it.
She added that it took her over five years to conceptualize the event and a year and five months to decide if it would occur.
“I have been overwhelmed with love in a very good way, I did not expect it to be this massive, but I am very grateful.
“It took us about six months to plan the actual event up to execution; it took a year and five months from when I decided this would happen, and the idea came to me five years ago,” she said.
Reacting to a question on the cost of organizing the event, she said: “Especially at that scale and size, it costs a lot of money; I cannot specifically give the figure”.
Hilda cooked over 100 meals in a 100-hour stint breaking the record of Indian chef Lata Tondon who had cooked for 87 hours, 45 minutes, and 00 secs in 2019.
Earlier, Guinness World Records disclosed that it looks forward to reviewing the evidence for its Records Management team before confirming Hilda’s feat.