A Mombasa based Kenyan chef, Maliha Mohammed broke the Guinness World Record for the longest time spent cooking. Chef Maliha cooked for 75 hours non-stop, setting the new record on Sunday, August 18 in 2019 at Kenya Bay Beach Resort in Mombasa.
She overthrew Rickey Lumpkin of California, USA, who previously held the record for cooking for 68 hours 30 minutes.
Maliha Mohammed prepared 400 local and international recipes in the cooking marathon. The mother of two applied for the competition in April 2018 but missed out due to financial constraints. The financial cost was close to KSh500,000 ($4800) which she could not afford.
“It is a costly event and that is why last year (2018) I failed to participate due to financial challenges, I could not meet the cost. I am calling on well-wishers to support me this year so that I bring the award home.”
She applied again in December 2018. In February 2019, she received an email confirming her nomination. This time, with the support of Pwani Oil Company she was able to participate in the competition.
Maliha Mohammed is a graduate of Jaffrey Academy. The 36-year old chef built her culinary diversity through YouTube videos. She started her cooking at 10 am on Thursday, August 15 and continued till Sunday, August 18, 2019. Her signature dish was the Korean chicken Bulgogi. While speaking with journalists at Kenya Bay Beach Hotel in Mombasa, the chef could not hold back her tears.
“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. 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.”
Before heading to the competition, Maliha Mohammed underwent two trials this year. The first was in June when she cooked for 36 hours and prepared 100 recipes. She tried in July and cooked 200 recipes in 54 hours. The food she prepared will be shared to orphanages and charity homes as part of her initiative to raise awareness on the less fortunate in Mombasa. Encouraging the youths, she said,
“For the youths out there, if you have a talent in anything, let alone be cooking, you just have to be persistent in yourself. You need to be relentless of your own dream because nobody can fight for your dream but yourself.”
The food she prepared was offered to charity homes and orphanages as part of her initiative to raise awareness and to feed the less fortunate in Mombasa.