An Irish chef based in rural Japan, Alan Fisher has set a new world record for cooking non-stop, breaking the previous record by more than 24 hours. 

At his Irish-themed restaurant in Matsue, Fisher cooked for 119 hours and 57 minutes, unseating the previous World Record holder, Nigerian chef Hilda Baci. 

Baci cooked for 93 hours and 11 minutes earlier this year. 

As part of the cooking marathon, Fisher peeled 300kg of potatoes, made 357kg of soda bread and 3360 portions of food. 

Towering above the kitchen at 6’7”, Fisher admits standing and kneading the soda bread for almost 48 hours straight was quite a challenge. 

Over the course of the five days of cooking, Fisher had to build in ways to rest by sitting down to peel the spuds. But the rhythm of peeling the vegetables became hypnotic, and he found himself drifting off. 

“I got a big bucket of ice and put it out on top of one of the freezers out the back. Before I would start the potatoes, I’d dunk my head in the water so I could peel potatoes for five minutes. It was crazy.”

Along with the cooking record, Fisher also broke the non-stop baking record for an individual with his soda breads at a time of 47 hours and 21 minutes. 

Fisher spoke to Culture 101’s Perlina Lau about setting the new world record, the rigorous process of documenting the marathon and sharing Irish food in rural Japan. 

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