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September 17, 2010

Jan Scannel braais his way to a Guinness World Record in Cape Town

Jan Scannel aka Jan Braai

Popular Cape Town blogger, ‘Relax with Dax’ (left) meets ‘Jan Braai’ at the V&A Waterfront. Photo courtesy RelaxWithDax

Jan Scannel braaied his way to a Guinness World Record today by braaing for 30 hours non-stop at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. His effort smashed the previous record for the longest-ever braai marathon – 28 hours and 26 minutes – which was held by German Sven Dörge.

The smell of seared meat filled the Cape Town air as Scannel tended his fire and prepared his fare from the morning of September 16 through to the next afternoon. A small but appreciative crowd was in attendance.

Scannel had to adhere to strict braaing rules as set out by the Guinness World Record association, which required that there be a minimum of five different kinds of food on the braai at all times. The rules also prohibited him from getting any direct help. All braaied meat had to be consumed by those in the crowd.

Throughout the 30 hours, Scannel braaied over 100 steaks, 100 chicken wings, 100 lamb chops, 100 vegetarian patties and about 250 metres of boerewors.

Two timekeepers, two independent witnesses, a medical officer, a fire marshal and an official Guinness World Record adjudicator were on hand to monitor the braai. A camera snapped shots perpetually to record the whole event.

Scannel said braaing was one activity that all South Africans were passionate about and it was only right that we should own the official world record.

With Braai Day exactly a week away on September 24, Scannel said his dream was to one day see South Africans standing around their fires every year on Heritage Day, braaing non-stop.

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