MONTEVIDEO - Though official validation of the record has yet to be granted, Montevideo has cooked the world's all-time biggest lentil stew, which at 2,365 kilograms (5,200 pounds), far surpasses the mark of 1,850 kilos (4,070 pounds) that Guinness told the project's organizers would be enough to enter the Guinness Book of Records.
Simmering for four hours were 600 kilos (1,320 lbs.) of beef, bacon and chorizo, 430 kilos (945 lbs.) of lentils, 300 (660) of potatoes, 100 liters (26 gallons) of tomato puree, 60 kilos (132 lbs.) of onions, 50 liters (13 gallons) of oil, 10 kilos (22 lbs.) of salt, 3 (7) of Spanish peppers and 2 (4) of oregano, to make a dish expected to provide 10,000 servings.
The project, promoted by Daniel Rama, director of the food distributor Emigrante, was the big attraction of Sunday's program at the 110th International Livestock Exposition and International Agricultural and Trade Exhibit, an important tradition here.
Rama told EFE that the idea began as a way of honoring the migrants who "came from all over the world and who built this country," as well as a way to do good works for Uruguayan society.
The organizers expect to obtain some 10,000 servings, which will be sold for 40 pesos ($1.40) each, with the profits going to the Telethon Foundation of Uruguay, dedicated above all to the aid and rehabilitation of children and adolescents with neuromusculoskeletal disorder.
The Uruguayan notary public in charge of monitoring the preparation of the dish, Analia Canepa, certified its weight at 2,365 kilos (5,200 pounds) of stew, and said she only has to compile the documentation and send it to Guinness so the famous brewer can "determine if it meets the requirements to be judged the world's biggest lentil stew."
For her part, the chef in charge of the cooking, Alicia Magariņos, told EFE that the dish "is exquisite" and both the potatoes and lentils "are done to perfection."