Dysart chef beats 40-hour world cooking record

Dysart chef Penny Byrnes cooked for 40.5 hours straight to beat the world record for longest individual cooking marathon to raise funds for Smiling for Smiddy.
Dysart chef Penny Byrnes cooked for 40.5 hours straight to beat the world record for longest individual cooking marathon to raise funds for Smiling for Smiddy. Melissa Macklin Photography

DYSART'S Penny Byrnes is confident she has broken the Guinness World Record for longest cooking marathon (individual), as she cooked continuously for 40.5 hours.

During the world record attempt she served up 598 meals to customers.

The old world record was 40 hours, held by a chef in the USA since March 2014.

Ms Byrnes started cooking Friday at 1am and finished at 5.30pm on Saturday before going along to Dysart's Eat Street Markets event.

"I stayed until 8.30pm then I went home for a shower and bed," she said.

"I'm back at work today (Wednesday), it took me a few days to recover... my body and mentally."

Churros, Eggs Benedict, lamb's fry, creamy garlic prawns and burgers were a few of the meals on offer during the attempt.

"My legs and feet shut down," Ms Byrnes said.

"I had to start taking nutritional shakes and eating protein.

"At the end you start losing your mind a bit."

Rules for the attempt meant she had to have two meals on the go at all times.

"Everything was from scratch, no one else was allowed to help me in any cooking process," Ms Byrnes said.

"I was allowed to have a sous chef who aided me in general preparation - cutting, chopping and washing up.

"But I had to stay within certain restrictions of the Go Pro because it had to be filmed as well."

She said no dish was particularly hard to cook but she struggled towards the end of her cooking stint.

"Towards the end on Saturday the dockets became very hard to read because your mind starts to wander," Ms Byrnes said.

"We had customers 24/7.

"The support was overwhelming, there was a continual line outside the door.

"We had to stop dockets at one stage, but everything got sold."


Her attempt was filmed and will be sent off to be verified by Guinness World Records officials.

"The record is broken now," she said.

"We have to go through the video footage and send the evidence to Guinness in America and it takes eight weeks to three months to get a response back."

Ms Byrnes said the attempt was to raise funds for Smiling for Smiddy and $18,500 had been raised.

"Ray Smith and Aram (Drake) rode their bikes stationary for the 40 hours... they did like 11,000km, which is just insane," she said.

"They're doing a ride from Alice Springs to Darwin next year so we're fundraising for that."

Topics:  chef cooking dysart guinness world record java joe's coffee house smiling for smiddy usa

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Walk-in mine a gem

UP FOR AWARD: The Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine tour.

The Miners Heritage Walk-In Mine is competing for a tourism award

New store opened in Clermont

KENNEDY & GRACE: Store owner Chloe Hodgkinson with her children in the new shop in Clermont.

Clermont is home to the newly re-opened Kennedy & Grace.

Girls night out in memory of Kim-Marie Brown

SUPPORT: Grace Ferguson with her parents Kyle and Kim, at the day for diabetes held in Dingo at the weekend.
Photo Meghan Kidd / CQ News

Girls Night Out in memory of Kim-Marie Brown.

Local Partners

Plenty of things to do in the region in the coming week

From dance productions to bargain hunting - here's plenty to do in the region in this week and next

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Peter Pan comes to Emerald

Peter Pan comes to the Central Highlands.

Peter Pan flies in to the Central Highlands this month

A little mystery adds fun to this event

SOIREE: Executive committee member, Rach McDowall.

Enjoy a mysterious night out at the Shed Soiree.

What's on the small screen this week

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

TWO big reality shows wrap up this week while

Brad Pitt won't file legal response to divorce petition

Brad reportedly refused to send off the paperwork

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track