IN SHORT: Several posts have claimed that chef Hilda Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, has set a new cooking record. However, the image used as evidence is photoshopped – her attempt is yet to be verified.
Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, completed a “cook-a-ton” in May 2023 in an attempt to break the world record for the longest cooking marathon.
“It is now official. Baci officially declared Guinness World Record Holder,” says one of the posts.
“Hilda Baci receives her certificate as the longest-standing world cooking personality from the Guinness World Records,” another post claims.
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Guinness still reviewing Bassey’s world record attempt
However, the 27-year-old’s record attempt had not been officially certified when the social media posts started circulating.
“We are aware of the record attempt and are looking forward to receiving the evidence for our Records Management Team to review, before we can confirm the record is official,” the statement quoted a spokesperson as saying.
A TinEye search showed that the image was similar to stock photos uploaded to the internet as early as April 2020. A Google image search also revealed that the image had been uploaded to Twitter by a Photoshop artist.
The image of Bassey with a Guiness World Records certificate, circulating online, has been digitally manipulated.
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