Is there anything you’ve done for 53 hours straight?
A celebrity chef in India, Vishnu Manohar, has done much more than keep his eyes open for an all-nighter — he cooked for 53 hours in a row. Most people feel physically and emotionally drained just from preparing a holiday meal for their extended family. And that would usually only take six hours of labour in the kitchen, tops (though dealing with a grandparent’s offside remarks and a family member’s drinking is a test of patience in itself).
Manohar used eight stoves and 15 assistants during the solid two plus days of culinary wizardry. So he didn’t do it alone. In total, they whipped up 750 dishes, each of which had to weigh at least 100 grams, as per Guinness rules. So a single carrot presented in some elegant fashion wouldn’t cut it.
Previously, this Guinness World Record was held by an American chef from Rhode Island, who spent 40 straight hours cooking up various dishes. And although Manohar just beat the record, the impressive title didn’t come easy.
“He was feeling a bit low in the last two hours, but he requested for some peppy music to be played that brought back the energy,” Pravin Manohar, the chef’s brother, told Food & Wine, proving there’s nothing that a solid, pump-up playlist can’t solve.
Manohar and his team started the challenge on Friday, April 21 at 8 a.m., chopping, sauteing, whisking and frying through two plus nights. And don’t think that he went into this challenge unprepared. The chef spent the previous month working at a 24-hour airport and train station restaurant where he learned to function on little sleep, and hired a nutritionist who explained the importance of carb-loading and hydration.
All the prep and effort did eventually pay off.
Upon completing the 53 hours, the chef was heard saying that “I still have energy to go on for 10 more hours.” But hopefully he’ll just take a long break and stick with take-out for the next few meals.