Akinsowon Edwin, the Nigerian accountant-cum-chef, is attempting to set a new world record for the longest barbecue marathon.


Edwin, an indigene of Ondo state, announced that the 82-hour grill-a-thon will commence June 15 in a flier posted via Instagram.

The four-day exercise will be held beside Eric Kayser Restaurant, Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Speaking about the attempt, the chef said he would use only charcoal for the exercise since modern grilling machines are prohibited by the Guinness World Records (GWR).



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“To break the record, I must grill for over 81 hours in a public area, adhering to specific guidelines set by Guinness World Records,” he said.

“I plan to grill for more than 82 hours, using only charcoal as modern grilling machines are not permitted.

“The event will be open to the public, and I’ll have a medical certificate to ensure the quality and safety of the food.


“I have always believed that nothing is impossible. Though I was an art student in secondary school and later studied accounting in higher education, I found my true calling in the restaurant business.

“Learning to grill from my grandfather in Ondo town ignited my passion for barbecue.

“From childhood, I envisioned myself as a world champion. Working in a restaurant solidified my dream of achieving greatness through grilling.

“However, the path has not been without challenges, financial constraints and a demanding work ethic have been significant hurdles, but my determination to succeed keeps me going.


“Managing rest breaks and staying active throughout the attempt will be crucial. Guinness allows only rest breaks, not sleeping time. I aim to remain active for the full four days.

“The Lagos state government is providing emergency services to ensure safety and all foods prepared will undergo government approval to maintain high standards.”

It remains to be seen if Edwin got the approval of the GWR for the attempt.

Jan Greeff (United States & South Africa) is the record holder for the longest barbecue marathon. Greeff grilled for 80 hours at an event in Columbus, Georgia on April 27, 2014.


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