May 22, 2024

Ghanaian chef who attempted to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking marathon, Chef Failatu Abdul-Razak has called on Ghanaians to accept people and their indigenous lifestyles.

She said countries that protect their indigenous cultures, foods and other things attract tourists and can boost their economy.

According to Chef Faila, it was very pathetic that people were mocking her when she served garnished toads as part of her dishes during her cook-a-thon attempt.

Speaking on the United Showbiz show on UTV, hosted by MzGee on March 2, 2024, Chef Faila stated that toads are part of the indigenous foods of some cultures in Ghana and that people should respect and accept the diversity of culinary preferences.

“At a point after the cook-a-thon, people were making a mockery of me because I garnished toads. People eat meats like pork, snakes, and dogs, and nobody complains. Why is it a problem if someone eats frogs? You see, we must try to accept people and their indigenous lifestyles. We are trying to protect Ghana, eat Ghana, where Ghana eats Ghana.” She said.

“The Chinese garnish toads and eat. Yet when you get the opportunity to go to China to learn, you are happy. But they protect their indigenous cultures, foods and other things that attract tourists to their country,” she said.

Chef Faila explained that toads are delicious meat and there is nothing wrong with eating toads.

Adding that people should give respect to meat and call it toad.

“It boils down to the fact that let us respect people devoid of their cultural foods. We don’t even call it a frog. Call it a toad! It gives it a little bit of respect,” she fumed.

Chef Faila’s aim to break the longest cooking marathon by an individual has fallen short after the Guinness World Records disqualified her attempt.

She cooked for 227 hours non-stop, surpassing the current record of 119 hours and 57 minutes held by Irish Chef Alan Fisher but the Management of GWR stated that her attempt was unsuccessful.

Ghanaians have reacted to the development.