On December 23rd at approximately 10 a.m., Dorcus Basheba Kirabo, affectionately known as Mama D, will embark on an ambitious quest—to shatter the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon, presently held by Alan Fisher at an impressive 119 hours and 57 minutes.
Mama D’s culinary journey commenced professionally in 2016, marked by her distinctive “Meals on Wheels” approach, delivering delectable dishes directly to her clients. However, it was during the challenging times of the COVID-19 lockdown that she garnered widespread recognition on social media. Her specialty, Crafting traditional, homely meals—particularly for those separated from their families within the confines of the city.
In the bustling preparation at Zoe’s restaurant, where the record-breaking attempt will unfold, Mama D shared the driving force behind this audacious endeavor. “I’m fueled by my milestones as one of Uganda’s esteemed chefs. I aspire to solidify my position, focusing on the treasure trove of local flavors that Uganda boasts.”
When questioned about the support received from her peers and compatriots via social media, Mama D expressed a blend of sentiments. “It’s a fifty-fifty scenario. While some offer unwavering encouragement, others question the feasibility of enduring such extended hours in front of the stove. But for me, determination surpasses doubt. Passion and unwavering focus pave the path to achieving one’s aspirations.”
In a heartfelt appeal, Mama D extended her plea for support from fellow Ugandans and corporate entities, inviting them to rally behind the promotion of Ugandan cuisine and her cooking marathon. “I seek solidarity from Ugandans—be it physical, online, spiritual, or emotional. I’m genuinely appreciative of companies willing to join this cooking celebration.”
The gastronomic marathon will feature a diverse array of traditional dishes spanning all 52 tribes in Uganda. Beyond setting a record, this showcase aims to spotlight Ugandan cuisine on a global platform. The live filming of this event by local media outlets and private bloggers is anticipated to elevate Uganda’s culinary heritage, potentially enhancing its allure within the sphere of global tourism
Mama D’s endeavor aligns her with esteemed Ugandans who have etched their names into the annals of the Guinness World Records. These luminaries include Raymond Kahuma, acclaimed for crafting the largest Rolex (Chapati and rolled eggs) weighing a whopping 204.6 kgs in 2021, Joshua Chaptegei, the lightning-fast world 10,000-meter runner who clocked an astounding 26 minutes and 11 seconds in Spain in 2020, and Oyo, the youngest reigning monarch, alongside the historic 1976 shortest hostage rescue by Israelis at Entebbe Airport.
Notably, Mama D has garnered support from a consortium of companies including Royco, Yokuku, Bidco, Mashala Spices, Motion Eye, Disa Investments, Giant Investments, UBL, Zoe’s Cakes and Wines, Urban TV, and Bukede TV, who have pledged their support to this culinary odyssey.
By Jamillah Oluka, Guest Writer.