The Executive chairman, Ogbomoso South Local Government area, Oyeniyi Timothy Oyedokun, who on Tuesday donated cash to Chef Tope Adebayo, popularly called Tope Maggie’s cause, has rallied support for him.
Oyedokun, who lauded the chef for making Ogbomoso proud, said the chef has made the headlines for his relentless pursuit of the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual.
The Commissioner for Information and civic orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade led a team to the potential champion’s kitchen within the premises of the Ogbomoso Recreation Club on Tuesday.
The current record holder who is an Irish chef, Alan Fisher, won the competition by cooking for 119 hours 57 minutes, few weeks ago.
He was outdone by Tope Maggie who has had marathon cooking for over 135 hours at the time of filing this report as he approaches his 200-hour mark.
Prince Dotun Oyelade who witnessed the moment Tope Maggie hit the 116th hour in the kitchen, described the attempt as remarkable demonstration of the resilient spirit of youths in Oyo State.
Prince Oyelade chatted briefly with Tope Maggie to boost his morale, after which he was offered a taste of some of the chef’s meals.
He urged youths across the country, who have been rooting for Tope Maggie on social media, not to relent in sending their wishes, stressing that the global record would be a collective win.
Speaking during his visit, Oyedokun said “In a culinary spectacle that has captured the attention of audiences worldwide, Chef Tope Maggie, a homegrown talent from Ogbomoso, is making headlines for his relentless pursuit of the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon by an individual”.
Oyedokun who commended Tope Maggie’s audacity, said he was personally impressed, saying, “The last 116 hours have been about Chef Tope, a determined Ogbomoso indigene, who is making a bold attempt to break the world record for the longest cooking marathon”.
Oyedokun urged the chef not to be distracted, saying that the young cook was pursuing a legitimate ambition and should be encouraged and supported to achieve same.
“As the aroma of sizzling dishes wafts through the air, Chef Tope Maggie has become the pride of Ogbomoso, captivating hearts and taste buds alike. On Monday evening, I had the privilege of witnessing history in the making as Chef Tope Maggie marked a significant milestone: 100 hours into his ambitious cooking marathon, with the ultimate goal of reaching an impressive 200 hours”, he said.