Maliha Mohammed, a 36-year-old chef from Mombasa, Kenya, cooked for 75 hours non-stop, setting the new record on Sunday, August 18 at Kenya Bay Beach Resort in Mombasa.
The chef, who started cooking on Thursday, August 15, at exactly 10 am to 1.03 pm on Sunday, August 18, has beaten the record set by Rickey Lumpkin of California in the United States, who cooked for 68 hours, 30 minutes, 1 second in December 2018.
“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,” Mohammed, a self-made cook who mastered her culinary skills through YouTube videos, told journalists over the weekend.
For long hours, she prepared over 400 recipes of Swahili cuisine and other local foods from all over the country, according to a report by the Daily Nation.
Mohammed, in spite of the fatigue and swollen feet, also prepared some international cuisines, including more than 10 types of pizza. She cooked “mandazi, biryani, chapati, coconut beans, chicken periperi, githeri, mukimo, fried fish, bacon and some juices,” the report added. “For every 12 hours, I had a break of 30 minutes for rest. I thank God for reaching this far. I am going to rest for a very long time,” Mohammed said amidst tears of joy.