Ghanaian chef sets sights on smashing global record with an incredible 120-hour cooking marathon.

A chef in Ghana has taken to live TV since New Year’s Day to cook regional dishes non-stop, aiming to break the Guinness world record for marathon cooking. As of Friday afternoon, Failatu Abdul-Razak has cooked for over 110 hours at a hotel in Tamale, northern Ghana, striving to surpass the current record of 119 hours and 57 minutes held by Irish chef Alan Fisher. This attempt has garnered widespread celebration and support in the west African country.

Isaac Sackey, the president of the Chefs’ Association of Ghana, praised Abdul-Razak for putting Ghana on the map and emphasized the need to honor her. West Africa has witnessed a series of world record endeavors in various categories since last May, when Nigerian chef Hilda Baci achieved the world cooking record with a 100-hour feat before being dethroned by Fisher.

Although the Guinness World Records organization has not yet issued a statement regarding Abdul-Razak’s attempt, she may reach 120 hours on Saturday. The Modern City hotel in Tamale, where the record-breaking cooking is taking place, has been visited by celebrities, government leaders, and numerous locals. These visitors have danced, sung, and enjoyed the prepared food in anticipation of the countdown to 120 hours.

“Go for gold,” urged one supporter.

At the start of her endeavor, Abdul-Razak emphasized that this was a national assignment for Ghana and its citizens. Throughout the cookathon, she has prepared dishes such as banku, a traditional soup with fermented cornmeal balls, and the beloved spicy jollof rice enjoyed across west Africa.

If Abdul-Razak were to fail, she expressed concern about disappointing the president, Ghanaians, her support network, and loved ones, saying, “I have put them all to shame.” Adhering to the guidelines, she is allowed five-minute breaks every hour or a cumulative one-hour break after 12 hours of continuous cooking.

There have been concerns raised about the potential mental toll on Abdul-Razak. Last month, Ghanaian media personality Afua Asantewaa Owusu Aduonum was forced to end her world record attempt for the longest time spent singing due to signs of mental stress identified by her medical team.

Annabella Osei-Tutu, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Ghana, explained that the adrenaline and excitement during record attempts keep participants going. However, after the event, they may begin to feel the toll on their bodies.

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