October 28, 2009 Largest hummus plate-world record set by
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- 250 sous chefs and 50 of their
instructors from the Kafaat School of Catering, led
by the famous Lebanese chef and culinary figure Ramzi Choueiri,
prepared a massive plate of hummus weighing 4,532 pounds (2,056
kilograms)-setting the new world record for the Largest
Some 300 chefs were involved in preparing
in a huge tent set up in downtown Beirut.
The white-uniformed chefs used 2,976 pounds (1,350
kilograms) of mashed chickpeas, 106 gallons (400 liters) of
lemon juice and 57 pounds (26 kilograms) of salt to make the
dish, weighing 4,532 pounds (2,056 kilograms).
The previous Guinness world record for the
was held by an Israeli food production company. The event is part of a simmering war
between Lebanon and Israel over regional cuisine. Lebanese
businessmen accuse Israel of stealing traditional Middle Eastern
dishes, like hummus, and marketing them worldwide as Israeli
Hummus — made from mashed chickpeas, sesame
paste, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic — has been
eaten in the Middle East for centuries. Its exact origin is
unknown, though it's generally seen as an Arab dish.
But it is also immensely popular in Israel — served
in everyday meals and at many restaurants — and its popularity
is growing around the globe.
The event was organized by the International
Fairs and Promotions group (IFP), along with the Association
of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI) and the Industry Minister