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Bilal Kuchay

An Indian chef has created a new world record after cooking for 53 hours continuously – the longest stretch of cooking yet.

Vishnu Manohar, 45, prepared 750 dishes during his marathon cooking from 8 am on Friday, April 21 to 5 pm on Sunday.

Manohar broke the previous Guinness World Record of 40 hours set by Benjamin Perry of Rhode Island, USA, created in March 2014.

The chef from from Nagpur, a city in Maharashtra in western India, said: “I was preparing for this record from the past two years and I’m happy that I was able to do it.

“I spent time cooking all-night at canteens at airports and railway stations to practice cooking without sleep,” said a jubilant Manohar.

He used eight stoves at a time and was assisted by 15 people to prepare the material for the recipes.

The event, organised by social organisation Maitree Pariwar, was held at the Institution of Engineers auditorium in Nagpur, with a team of 60 observers monitoring the performance.

The venue saw a steady stream of curious visitors, who were also treated to musical performances. The dishes he prepared were relished by the chef’s admirers.

Manohar has been working for long hours while shooting for his TV show on an Indian channel, but preparing for this stunt took a new level of dedication.

Manhor, who owns a chain of restaurants in five Indian cities, lives with his wife and son in a joint family of 16-members.

His wife Aparna said: “I was not confident that he will make this record. Now that he has, I’m speechless but at the same time I am extremely proud of him.”

Manohar had cooked 57 hours but he compensated the break of four hours that he took during the three days and two nights.

The programme was fully video-graphed and will now be sent to the Guinness Book of World Records, which will certify it after due verification.