Chef Failatu Abdul Razak has triumphantly concluded her 10-day cook-a-thon aimed at breaking the World Guinness Cooking Marathon record previously held by Alan Fisha. The event took place at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, commencing on January 1, 2024, at midnight.
Chef Failatu, determined to surpass Fisha’s record of 119 hours, 52 minutes, and 16 seconds set in Japan, showcased her culinary prowess for an impressive 227 hours. Throughout the marathon, she prepared an astonishing 156 different dishes, serving a total of 2,864 plates, including 450 plates distributed to orphanages and the less privileged in society.
The ambitious venture garnered widespread support from the public, with enthusiastic contributions ranging from cash to foodstuffs. Notable figures from the entertainment industry, including musicians and actors, along with cultural displays from various Northern tribes, added vibrancy and entertainment to the event.
In a show of solidarity, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu, representing Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, visited the event grounds, presenting a generous donation of GH¢30,000.00 to aid Chef Failatu in achieving her groundbreaking feat. Hon. Shaibu commended her courage and encouraged her to stay focused on making the country proud.
“Hosting the World Guinness Cook-A-Thon in Tamale is a unique way to showcase Northern Ghana to the world,” remarked Hon. Shaibu.
A diverse array of dignitaries, including government officials, traditional authorities, politicians, celebrities, NGOs, religious leaders, opinion leaders, and various groups and individuals, visited the event grounds to pledge their unwavering support to Chef Failatu.
Overwhelmed with joy, Chef Failatu shed tears as she ceremoniously turned off her stove, marking the end of her journey to break the world cooking marathon record and secure a coveted place in the Guinness Book of Records. Expressing gratitude, she extended heartfelt thanks to Guinness, government officials, traditional authorities, politicians, celebrities, NGOs, religious leaders, opinion leaders, and the public for their unparalleled support.
In her closing remarks, Chef Failatu encouraged the youth, particularly women, to be strong and resilient in all their endeavors, echoing a message of empowerment and determination.