The Guinness World Records has finally broken its silence regarding the cookathon that ended in Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Wednesday, 14 July.
Chef Damilola Adeparusi aka Chef Dammy, embarked on 120 hour cooking marathon in Oye-Ekiti on Friday, 9 June.
Social media came alight after the news of her cookathon was made public and Nigerians started reacting to her efforts.
Some people trolled her for trying to copy Hilda Baci, while others rallied massive support for her.
One businessman even went as far as offering to give Dammy N1million to stop cooking.
Some netizens at a point accused her of turning off the gas to pick beans while others declared that she should go home and rest, but she continued cooking until she reached 120 hours.
A press enquiry was sent to the Guinness World Records on Tuesday, 13 June, by Legit.ng.
A response received from the body says: “We have not received an application for this attempt. Applications can be made via the Guinness World Records website for our records management team to review.”
It shows that Dammy may not have set out to break any record in the first place. She may just have been cooking for passion or to showcase her skills which many have attested to.
Some Nigerians also raised eyebrows on whether Dammy was following the cooking rules.
On this, the body said anyone trying to break a record receives rules from the body once the application is accepted.
The body wrote: “Once an application is accepted, the record claimant receives a set of detailed guidelines specific to that record category that must be adhered to.
“This also details a list of evidence that must be submitted for our team to verify the record. Guinness World Records maintains a rigorous review process to maintain the integrity of each Guinness World Records title.”
While some have said Dammy had to wait for one year before attempting to break Hilda’s record, the GWR said there is no waiting time before one can attempt to break an existing record.
The body said: “There is no waiting time to attempt to break an existing record.”