A Nigerian chef, Damilola Adeparusi, better known as Chef Dammy, has been accused of selling her food in her quest to break the cooking record set by her colleague, Hilda Baci.
On May 15, 2023, Hilda Baci achieved a remarkable feat by surpassing the previous Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time held by Chef Lata Tondon from Rewa, India in 2019.
The Akwa Ibom chef, not only broke Tondon’s record of 87 hours and 45 minutes but went on to cook for an astounding 100 hours and 40 minutes, making her the first individual in the world to spend such an extended duration of time cooking.
Although the Guinness World Record is yet to officially confirm Hilda Baci as the new record holder for the longest cooking marathon, her remarkable achievement has set a benchmark in the culinary world, inspiring other chefs to either break her record or take on the challenge.
On Friday, June 9, 2023, Chef Damilola Adeparusi kicked off a cook-a-thon attempting to break Hilda’s record by cooking for 120 hours in Oye Local Government Area in Ekiti State.
As of the time of writing this report, Chef Dammy has cooked for over 50 hours and counting, but some Nigerians have called her out for envy, saying she should have waited for Guinness World Records to confirm Hilda’s record.
In another post on her Facebook page, a lady identified as Debbie Agboola shared how she was charged N1,000 to eat at Chef Dammy’s cook-a-thon venue.
Debbie Agboola said she attended Chef Dammy’s cook-at-thon with the intention of watching and eating.
However, the event did not go as expected. She arrived with a companion and encountered some confusion about VIP and regular seating.
According to her, they paid 2,000 naira each for VIP access, but the organization failed to provide them with food in a timely manner.
Debbie said there were incidents where non-paying individuals received food meant for VIPs, causing frustration among the paying guests.
Despite the mishaps, Debbie remained engaged, participating in activities and offering song ideas.
Eventually, the organizers asked Debbie and her companion to leave, leading to a confrontation with a bouncer.
Debbie expressed dissatisfaction with the management and called the event a fraudulent activity.
She acknowledged the professionalism of the ushering department but criticized the overall organization and advised them to learn from the experience.
Debbie Agboola wrote: “Like I stated in my previous post that I was going there to eat only, my intention was to go and eat and watch the cooking marathon, but when I got there, I met another thing. We were actually two who went together.
“Follow me as I gist you.
“We got there and met some people outside, we asked for the exact place and they directed us to the ushers.
“We got there and we were told there’s VIP and regular. Regular are those downstairs and won’t eat out of the food while VIP are the ones upstairs and have access to take pictures and videos of the chef and still eat food. They further added that VIP costs #1,000.
“We asked if the 1k covers the 120hrs or just 24hrs and they told us it covers just today, that we’re going to eat all the food she will prepare.
“We made transfer of #2,000 into their account and entered.
“We met like 5 other VIP guests while I was the only female to join them with the person that went with me.
“She was cooking White rice and sauce when we got there.
“Few minutes after, some people came in to change the atmosphere by hyping her and singing primary school rhymes and morning devotion songs, which I fully participated, I led up to 5songs while we all sang together.
“I was sincerely rooting for this chef.
“Rice was ready, they packed everything inside a tray and put like 10 rubber spoons and said everybody would eat together, they gave those who came up the food and they took it downstairs.
“We called the usher and asked what was happening? They apologized and said the next meal would be for us.
“They even added that it’s the kitchen assistants that are not complying with them.
“They shared bottle water and Pepsi😎
“The next food was toast bread with fish and egg.
“Few minutes before that one was ready, another set of people who did not pay came up again to come and shout, I say let me look up, these people are already eating the toast bread, they did not give we the VIP again.
“I can see people burning with anger at my back, infact the guy who sat beside me was a total cruise, the guy came from Ado Ekiti and was regretting, he said if he was to be at home, he would have eaten thrice🤣
“I called the usher and asked wetin dey sup again, she apologized and said she was not aware that they’ve shared the bread.
“She said we’re the ones eating next.
“Regular people dey chop, VIP mouth dry.Make I kuku join regular nau🙄
“But I kept cool and was still participating in all the activities and even giving them song ideas🤣🤣
“The next meal was Catfish pepper soup with boiled plantain.
“Few minutes again, some bearded geng entered and started the high table vibes.
“I saw the chef boiling Yam too, so I guessed we were going to eat the pepper soup with the Yam 🤣Dey play🤣
“Pepper soup was ready and they were serving, I was pressing phone when one of the ushers tapped me and asked me to collect, she said it’s for me and the guy with me.
“She gave the other two guys beside us too, before I close my eyes and open it, these guys don finish catfish pepper soup🤣🤣🤣
“We ate the pepper soup and the usher came to apologize again and asked if the pepper soup was okay, we said it was okay, but I requested more pepper, because a life without pepper is a yepere life🤷🤣 We sha joked about it.
“The next meal was Yam and egg sauce and the guys beside me were very happy to eat another food after eternity.
“The guy with me said we are not leaving till evening, at least let’s use our 1k🤣
“As we were discussing, that was how one of their team came to tell us to go outside and let other people come in.
“Uncle, was that our agreement? was that what you told us before we paid? He started stammering.
“I gave him another idea, I told him there’s still space that they should bring in more chairs that we would adjust for them.
“He left and came again to send us out, people started to murmur, I told them they were not straightforward, they said 24hours validation nau.
“The guy insisted we go out, I told him I would leave after eating yam and egg sauce 🤣🤣
“He went and brought bouncer, the senseless bouncer too asked me to leave, the guys seated with me stood up and left with anger, the guy asked us to leave, as we were talking, the bouncer wanted to use force and added “if you don’t want the easy way, I will use the hard way”
“My head sparked🤣
“You want to beat me?? Asin hard way of hitting? I called the attention of the guy in their team and he said I was stubborn.
“Omor. I called the bouncer and asked him again if he wanted to beat me and let’s scatter everything 🤣
“Other bouncers came and apologize and said he didn’t mean it that way.
“I told them I would also implicate them the hard way too.
“I left and met many people who have paid at the entrance that haven’t entered.
“Who send you work if you know you can’t solely sponsor it? Who send you?
“Hilda did it so you too want to do it bha? 🤣
“This is not Cookathon, this is a fraudulent activity.
“I don’t have issue with Damilola, but she’s being managed by unprofessional people.
“This is not GWR standard, stop wasting your time. Go and learn!
“The only sensible people there are two ladies in the ushering department, well done girls. The rest? Go to h£ll👻”
Watch the video below:
Reports from Ekiti that Chef Dammy while attempting to set her own Guinness World Record just like Hilda Baci, is charging people N1,000 to eat what she cooks. This breaches the rule of setting the record as selling of the food isn't allowed pic.twitter.com/a57A0JDdNV
— Dami’ Adenuga (@DAMIADENUGA) June 11, 2023
KanyiDaily recalls that Hilda Baci recently cried out over continued delay by the Guinness World Records to confirm her cook-a-thon.