An Ondo-based chef, Adeola Adeyeye, popularly known as ‘Chef Deo,’ has taken on a remarkable culinary challenge with the goal of surpassing the current Guinness World Records holder for the longest cook-a-thon, Hilda Baci. Chef Deo aims to exceed Baci’s record of 93 hours and 11 minutes and has obtained approval from Guinness World Records before embarking on this feat.
The community where Chef Deo is attempting the record has witnessed a steady stream of people from both within and outside the town. The 26-year-old chef, a graduate of Esae University in Cotonou, Benin Republic, has already surpassed the 47-hour mark during the cook-a-thon.
This achievement by Chef Deo comes shortly after another Nigerian chef, Adeparusi Damilola, also known as Chef Dammy, undertook a 120-hour cook-a-thon in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State. However, Dammy reportedly did not inform Guinness World Records before starting the cooking marathon.
Chef Deo’s cook-a-thon challenge began on June 30, 2023, in Ile-Oluji, the headquarters of Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo Local Government in Ondo State. The cook-a-thon is scheduled to conclude on July 6, 2023.
Ayotunde Fagbamiye, Chef Deo’s manager, expressed confidence in her determination and ability to accomplish the task and become the new record holder. Fagbamiye shared that after a thorough review and assessment, Guinness World Records acknowledged and authorized Chef Deo to proceed with the record attempt.
“We were thrilled to receive the notification granting her approval for the cook-a-thon. She has tremendous energy and is prepared to cook for 150 hours. Her passion and determination are evident, and I have no doubt she will successfully complete this journey,” Fagbamiye stated.