Ghanaian chef Failatu Abdul-Razak officially ended her attempt to break the longest solo cooking record in the Guinness Book of World Records on Wednesday, 2024, in a culinary feat that has captured the attention of the nation.
She has, therefore, unofficially claimed the longest cooking marathon (individual) after clocking a time of 227 hours.
With this marvellous effort, Faila has surpassed the 119-hour-57-minute record set by Irish chef Alan Fisher, which itself beat the previous record of 93 hours and 11 minutes held by Nigerian Hilda Baci.
The marathon took place at the Modern City Hotel in Tamale, where spectators and supporters gathered to witness this remarkable feat.
She was initially billed to cook from January 1 to January 5, but has had to extend her attempt to ten days due to a similar 144-hour attempt by Ugandan chef Mama D.
Faila concluded her 10-day milestone after cooking 156 local and continental dishes, earning wide admiration, which will enable her entry into the Guinness Book of World Records when approved.
Just like Afua Asantewaa Aduonum, who is also awaiting confirmation from the Guinness Book of World Records, after her singing marathon, Failatu Abdul Razak received enormous support from Ghanaians from all walks of life, including politicians such as Vice President Alhaji Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and traditional chiefs from the Northern region.
Local celebrities, comprising musicians and film makers as well as the general public, thronged to the Modern City Hotel at Tamale throughout the epoch-making event.
She also received many visitors from the general public who thronged the cooking grounds throughout her conquest, with some offering her gifts to encourage her.
Failatu Abdul Razak expressed her gratitude to Ghanaians for the overwhelming support she received throughout her conquest.
She described the history-making attempt in detail on life in the kitchen during her attempt and encouraged Ghanaians to take up such challenges and opportunities that come by to make themselves, their families and the nation proud.
She was also grateful to her husband, who encouraged and supported her desire to break the record.