In a remarkable culinary feat, Irish chef Alan Fisher, based in Japan, has broken two Guinness World Records for the longest cooking marathon by an individual. The Guinness World Records (GWR) announced the achievement on Tuesday via its website. Fisher cooked continuously for an astounding 119 hours and 57 minutes, surpassing the previous record of 93 hours and 11 minutes set by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci earlier in the year.
Not only did Fisher break the record for the longest cooking marathon, but he also claimed the title for the longest baking marathon, baking for an impressive 47 hours and 21 minutes. These incredible accomplishments were made even more impressive by the fact that Fisher undertook both challenges back-to-back, spending over 160 hours straight in the kitchen.
Fisher achieved these feats at his restaurant, Kyojin Stewhouse, located in Tokyo, where he serves traditional Irish meals. His motivation for taking on these challenges was to recover from the hardships faced by his business during the pandemic, which nearly led to its closure.
During the record-setting marathons, Fisher prepared an astonishing amount of food, totaling over 550 kg, and created 3,360 portions of 32 different Irish recipes. Throughout the grueling sessions, Fisher battled fatigue and even hallucinations but found the strength to persevere with the support of his local community.
“I was representing myself, my family, and Irish food, and sharing our story. I couldn’t give up. That was the only option,” Fisher stated.
Guinness World Records praised Fisher’s “incredible feat of endurance,” recognizing his determination and dedication to his craft. Fisher’s achievement not only showcases his culinary skills but also serves as an inspiring example of resilience and tenacity in the face of challenges.