Longest USA Pear Pie Breaking the Guinness World Record
Pear Bureau Northwest
On January 4, 2021, a total of 120 chefs from all over the United Arab Emirates-UAE and created history by producing the longest line of 2209 pies topped with USA pears.
12 teams participated in this special day from Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel DDC, Madinat Jumeirah, Le Meridien Airport, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Crowne Plaza Shaikh Zayed Road, Waldorf Astoria DIFC, Double Tree by Hilton JBR, Bakemart, Emirates Flight Catering, Caesars Bluewaters Dubai, Sarood Hospitality and the team of students from International Centre for Culinary Arts Dubai (ICCA). All in all, 120 chefs used the same recipe to prepare the 2,209 USA pear pies prepared with 2,500 kg of USA pears.
This event took place at the gardens of the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel and was set there to be measured with the presence of judges from the official Guinness adjudicator and auditors. Danny Hickson, Events and Production Manager of the Guinness World Records was the judge.
Chef Uwe Micheel, President of Emirates Culinary Guild and Culinary Advisor for Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek said with a big smile, “it was a great feeling to see the Adjudicator and Auditors come up with the final count of 2,209 USA Pear Pies”. He explained that the production process was overseen by a team of Dubai Municipality Food Safety Inspectors led by Mr. Sultan Ali Al Taher, head of inspection section food control department. The Auditor Team from Grant Thornton UAE was led by Mr. Khaleel Essa.
Valerie Brown, U.S. Consulate in Dubai - Office of Agricultural Affairs. She was so impressed and said: “What a wonderful day to be in Dubai, to be a part of this Guinness World Record. It is not just for Guinness World Record but it is for pies and not just any pies, pies made with USA Pears! What could be better than that sweet and delicious fruit? This is something you need in your life everyday and just so you know we have a new slogan in our office and I want everyone out there to learn it, here we go, it goes: Try it, Taste it, Wear it, Want it, Live it, Love it U.S. agriculture here in the UAE.”
Mr. Hickson was assisted by two judges from the official Guinness World Record adjudicators and auditors wearing face masks and gloves for safety. They passing by the tables and counted the USA Pear pies one by one.
Mr. Hickson said: “I am here to announce the record of the longest line of pies. This is an existing record which was 1,608 in 2016”. Guidelines were checked by him and several important rules had to be achieved for USA pears to earn the reward:
- Pies should be between 6 and 10 inches wide.
- The line must be continuous; however, it doesn’t have to be a straight line.
- No food should be wasted. He made sure food was donated to charity.
Facebook live stream reached more than 17,000 viewers. The event reached more than 30,000 people including many fruit and vegetables importers, retailers and traders.
Bassam Bousaleh’s opinion of the event: “Loyalty to USA Pears is now stronger deeper be all market sectors although only the foodservice is present. Everybody knows about this now. Traders and consumers as well. It will be a day to remember in Dubai. The event acted as a great promotion to USA Pears at all levels.
Chef Uwe explained that event will be posted and featured in several news and social media pages. The Emirates Culinary Guild has the entire footage posted on their Facebook page, and following are other posts: