Bosnia claims new record for world's largest stew

SARAJEVO (AFP) - A dozen Bosnian chefs claimed on Friday they set a new record for the world's largest stew, outperforming their fellow countrymen's 2014 achievement.

They worked from dawn at Sarajevo Square, with scores of onlookers joining them as the day went by.

It took the cooks eight hours to make a massive traditional stew that weighed 4,124 kilos.

"We needed 1,000 kilos of chicken meat, 150 kilos of carrots, 50 kilos of celery, up to 30 kilos of onions, 15 kilos of okra, 100 kilos of flour as well 100 litres of oil and 50 kilos of butter," chef Zaim Merdan told AFP.

The record has not yet been verified by a Guinness World Records committee.

The current record is also held by Bosnian cooks, who last year made a giant fish stew that weighed 4,026 kilos in the northern town of Prnjavor.

Dozens of volunteers helped the Sarajevo cooks break the record, chopping meat and vegetables.

When the event was over, the cooks handed out some 15,000 portions of stew to people who attended the event and to soup kitchens for the poor.