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Five things you (probably) didn’t know about Ghanaian chef currently embarking on 360 hours cooking marathon

Millennium chef is on a mission to break the current Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time

Ghanaian chef Ebenezer Smith is on a mission to break the current Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time. He is currently on Day 12, of this historic endeavor.

The historic event is currently taking place at Amadia Shopping Centre (Spintex, Accra) and will last from 1st to 15th February 2024.

In the past few months, Ghana has witnessed several attempts to set new records for the esteemed Guinness World Records.

Among these notable attempts are Afua Asantewaa‘s impressive attempt to break the record for the longest singing marathon (singathon) by an individual, as well as chef Faila’s determined pursuit of cooking (cookathon), both of which have piqued the interest of many Ghanaians.

However, a new contender has emerged on the scene. Here are five interesting facts about him that you probably did not know.

An international executive chef

Ebenezer Smith, also known as Millennium Chef Smith, is an international executive chef who is attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon.

Graduate in Tourism and Hospitality Management 

Chef Smith, a graduate of National University’s College of Tourism and Hospitality Management in the Philippines, is attempting to set a record for the longest cooking marathon by one person with a 360-hour challenge.

First application to GWR was rejected

Chef Smith applied to Guinness World Records in July of last year for permission to organise his cook-a-thon; however, his application was denied at the time. He, however, reapplied and it was finally approved in September.

Inspired by Nigerian chef, Hilda Baci

He explains that he was inspired to attempt the record last year after being inspired by Nigeria’s Hilda Baci. Despite facing initial disqualification in July, Chef Smith was granted approval. He emphasises that his timing coincides with Chef Faila’s attempt, which is entirely coincidental and not intentional.

Intends to set a record that is hard to break 

Chef Smith revealed that he wants to set a record that would be difficult to break.

“I originally planned to do 15 days but I have realised that people are coming up to break the record so I extended it to a month to make it difficult for anyone to break it.

“The support has been low but I get encouraged by the few individuals who pass by. I know people are back to work so they don’t have much time but their short presence is much needed to motivate me,” he stated.

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