On Tuesday, the Guinness World Records announced that Alan Fisher, an Irish chef residing in Japan, achieved two new records for the longest solo cooking marathon.
Fisher’s remarkable cooking marathon lasted for 119 hours and 57 minutes, breaking the previous record of 93 hours and 11 minutes, which had been established by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci earlier in the same year. Additionally, the Irish chef set a new record for the longest baking marathon, baking for 47 hours and 21 minutes, surpassing the former record of 31 hours and 16 minutes.
Fisher tackled both record attempts consecutively, dedicating more than 160 continuous hours in the kitchen.
In his Tokyo-based restaurant, Kyojin Stewhouse, this resident of the city accomplished these remarkable feats while specializing in traditional Irish cuisine. He embraced these challenges as a way to bounce back from the hardships inflicted by the pandemic, which had nearly forced his business to close its doors.
In order to establish these records, the chef cooked more than 550 kilograms of food and crafted 3,360 servings of 32 distinct Irish dishes. Fisher expressed that the unwavering support from his local community served as his source of motivation, even when he experienced exhaustion and hallucinations.
He emphasized, “I was not only representing myself, but also my family and the rich heritage of Irish cuisine, sharing our narrative. Giving up was never an option.” Guinness commended Fisher for his “remarkable display of endurance.”