Ghanaian Chef Arrested for False Guinness World Record Claim

Chef Smith Allegedly Faked Record for Longest Cooking Marathon

Ghanaian chef Ebenezer Smith, widely known as Chef Smith, has been arrested and detained after falsely claiming to have set a Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.

The controversy started when Smith announced at a press conference on Tuesday that he had cooked non-stop for 820 hours and 25 minutes, declaring himself the new record holder. This supposed marathon, which Smith claimed took place from February 1, 2024, to March 6, 2024, quickly gained attention on social media.

However, Guinness World Records swiftly debunked Smith’s claim. In an interview with the BBC, Alina Polianskaya, Public Relations Executive for Guinness World Records, denied Smith’s assertion. “No, this is not true at all. He does not hold the GWR title, and that is not our certificate,” Polianskaya stated.

Polianskaya clarified that the actual record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual is 119 hours, 57 minutes, and 16 seconds, achieved by Irish chef Alan Fisher in Matsue, Shimane, Japan, from September 28 to October 3, 2023. Fisher surpassed the previous record held by Nigerian chef Hilda Baci.

In response to Smith’s fraudulent claim, Guinness World Records has deactivated the “cook-a-thon” category. Smith had posted a fake certificate on Facebook, falsely claiming to have set a new record. Guinness World Records confirmed the certificate’s inauthenticity and dismissed Smith’s claim.

Smith has since been arrested and detained. He initially announced on social media that he was the new world record holder for a purported 820-hour and 25-minute cooking marathon.

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