Toronto, July 13 : Bob Blumer, who hosts the programme 'Glutton for Punishment' on Food Network, has set a Guiness world record by flipping 559 pancakes in a single hour, beating the old record by only four extra flapjacks.
The previous record was set on June 23, 2006, by Steve Hamilton, a.k.a. Chris Cakes, at Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.
"I've never had this big a crowd and I've never felt so much pressure especially at the end. I don't think there's ever been a challenge that I've wanted to succeed at as much as this one," globeandmail.com quoted Blumer as saying.
A crowd of about 200 people attended the event.
Blumer stood by anxiously as the Guinness representative checked his final 10 hotcakes for size and thickness.
As soon as his success was announced, Blumer threw his hat into the air, sprayed water at the crowd, and then hugged his crew.
"This is the first time I've attempted and won a world record. Last week I was in Nova Scotia entering a lobster-banding competition against all these salty-dog lobster fishermen," he said.
Danny Girton Jr., adjudication executive for Guinness World Records in North America, said: "He really had to do this by himself here. He was allowed to have a runner to bring the pancakes to me for counting but besides that it was pretty much a solo effort for Bob Blumer."
He added: "I have overseen other cooking-related records, but the pancakes is a first for me and it's really exciting. When you're caught up in the moment of judging a world record, you really have to focus and not get carried away."
Blumer revealed that he only had five days to prepare himself for the attempt.