New Delhi: Lata Tandon, a chef from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh, recently won the coveted Guinness World Record title for the longest time spent cooking. Tandon cooked for 87 hours 45 mins non-stop, and with this feat became the first woman in the world to achieve the milestone.
Commenting on the record, Tandon said, “I have been fascinated with cooking since childhood and am fortunate to be surrounded by family and friends who have encouraged me to turn my passion into a career.”
The successful event saw Tandon cook more than 1,600 kg of food grains, 400 vada-pavs, 250 sandwiches and a host of other local delicacies over a span of 4 days. The food was served to over 20,000 visitors who attended the event including children from orphanages and blind schools and members of old age homes.
An environmentalist at heart, Tandon also used the platform to encourage people to purchase and plant over 17,000 saplings.
An alumni of the Chef Academy of London, Tandon has won several culinary accolades including winner International Indian Chef of the Year in 2018.
“While I love cooking traditional dishes, I won’t define myself as a conservative chef. I love exploring regional flavours and cooking techniques, and finding unexplored ingredients from different parts of India. My vision is to take these unusual hyperlocal ingredients and create dishes that change the limited perception of Indian cuisine at a global level,” Tandon said.
Tandon is currently gearing up to launch a coffee table book that will showcase unexplored cuisines and ingredients from different parts of India.
She has also announced plans to open a restaurant in London in the near future that will offer cuisine from India’s lesser-known regions with a twist that appeals to all palates.
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