Guinness World Records holder for longest cooking Hilda Baci has claimed she spent over N80m for her cookathon.
She was reacting to the allegation by a brand that she breached a N3m deal for a meet-and-greet event in Abuja.
Baci denied she had such agreement in place, stating she spent over N80m for her cookathon event.
She said: “I spent over N80m of my hard earned money for my cookathon so people could eat and drink for free.”
However, the management of an Abuja restaurant, Vibe By Ann’s, has countered chef Hilda Baci for denying a pre-planned meet-and-greet that was supposed to take place at the venue.
According to a purported e-flier that recently surfaced on the Internet, Baci allegedly charged N25,000 for personal meet-ups, live cooking, and food tasting in Abuja on June 24, 2023, at Vibe by Ann’s restaurant.
But Baci, last Friday, denied charging such an amount.
Reacting to her denial, the restaurant management said in a statement on Monday, “We regret to inform you that the highly anticipated event, scheduled to take place on 24th June 2023, has been cancelled. We extend our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you, our esteemed customers.
“Arrangements for this event were already concluded, as both parties agreed to put out publications for the event after an advanced payment was made to Miss Hilda Bassey.
“However, Hilda Bassey suddenly denied publicly having any prior knowledge of the event. Her conduct has negatively affected our reputation as a brand. Consequently, we are taking all necessary legal steps towards ensuring that justice is seen to have been done in this matter.”
The management also shared the receipt of N3m paid to Baci.