Dorcus Mirembe, the acclaimed Ugandan chef fondly known as Mama D, is eagerly awaiting official confirmation from Guinness World Records judges following her successful attempt to break the individual record for the longest cook-a-thon. Mama D embarked on her culinary marathon on December 23, surpassing the previous record set by Irish chef Alan Fisher, who cooked continuously for almost 120 hours in Japan earlier this year.
As of the latest update, Mama D’s extraordinary cooking feat has reached an impressive duration of 123 hours and 20 minutes, surpassing the existing individual record established by Alan Fisher in Japan from September 28 to October 3.
Mama D’s remarkable culinary venture has garnered widespread support from the Ugandan community, with individuals flocking to her cooking venue to provide diverse forms of assistance, including financial contributions and moral encouragement. Government officials, business figures, and celebrities have expressed solidarity through various social media channels, and many have visited her restaurant near Kampala to offer personal encouragement.
Numerous food companies have generously supplied Mama D with cooking provisions and essential items. In an interview with local media, she shared that, throughout her culinary challenge, she prepared dishes representing the diverse regions of Uganda, offering all the cooked food free of charge.
During her marathon, Mama D highlighted the rich variety of foods available in Uganda as her inspiration for the challenge. She expressed her desire to showcase Uganda’s abundance of traditional foods to the world and be an ambassador for the diverse cuisines of the country, often referred to as the “pearl of Africa.”