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Alan Fisher: The Irish Chef Who Cooked His Way Into History

Irish chef Alan Fisher triumphs with a new Guinness World Record, surpassing Hilda Baci with a 119-hour cooking marathon in Japan.



Alan Fisher: The Irish Chef Who Cooked His Way Into History

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Alan Fisher, an Irish culinary maestro plying his trade in Japan, has not just broken a record; he’s smashed it. Surpassing the incredible feat of Nigeria’s Hilda Baci, Fisher now holds the title for the longest cooking marathon (individual) with a jaw-dropping 119 hours and 57 minutes of continuous cooking. And that’s not all — he’s also snatched the record for the longest baking marathon (individual), clocking in at 47 hours and 21 minutes.

Recreating Irish Culture in Japan: A Journey Beyond Cooking

Alan’s saga began with a challenge — a life beyond his native Irish shores. Post his graduation from Dublin City University in 2008, an overseas graduate programme catapulted him to Tokyo. Fast forward six years, Alan found his calling. It wasn’t just about cooking; it was about bringing a slice of Ireland to the Land of the Rising Sun.

His brainchild, Kyojin Stewhouse, is more than a restaurant — it’s a home away from home for Irish food lovers, offering authentic stews, soups, homemade bread, and that staple — potatoes.

The Uphill Battle During Pandemic Times

The COVID-19 pandemic hit hard. Restrictions meant cancellations, and for Alan, this meant a battle for survival. The struggle was real, and loans were taken, but Alan’s spirit remained unbroken. He found inspiration in the records set by Lata Tondon and Hilda Baci and embarked on a record-breaking quest of his own.

The Marathon of Marathons

Alan’s journey to record-breaking glory was anything but easy. Food waste was not an option, so meticulous planning ensued. The support of the local TV provider, TSK, was invaluable as they documented every step of the way.

Physical strain and mental fatigue were relentless companions. Mixing dough by hand and peeling potatoes for hours on end tested his limits. Yet, it was the unwavering support from the people of Matsue that kept him going, turning what seemed like an insurmountable challenge into a triumph of the human spirit.

A Record That Speaks Volumes

After nine relentless days, Alan emerged victorious, with certificates to prove his culinary endurance. His mammoth effort produced 357 kg of soda bread and 590 kg of various dishes, translating to over 3,000 portions of food. Hilda Baci’s gracious congratulations via Twitter was the icing on the cake.

Alan Fisher’s record is more than a number. It’s a story of resilience, passion, and the unifying power of food. It’s a narrative that underscores that no matter where you are, the heart can find its way home through the love of cooking.

Want to know more about Alan’s culinary journey and his love for Irish food? Visit guinnessworldrecord for exclusive insights and stories.

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