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Last Updated: Friday, 18 February, 2005, 09:24 GMT
Frying record has had its chips
Fryer Kelvin Baines
Kelvin Baines has beaten the previous record of 812lbs
A Devon fish and chip shop owner has broken the world record for cooking the biggest bag of chips.

Kelvin Baines from the Chip Stop in Plymouth undertook a 12-hour marathon and fried up almost 1,300lb (590kg) of Maris Piper potatoes.

The chips were given away free and money was raised for the Royal National Mission To Deep Sea Fishermen.

The previous holder, Alan Williamson, cooked an 812.4lb (368.5kg) bag of chips at Hereford Racecourse last year.

Mr Baines says it has been a fantastic challenge.

'Greatest meals'

"It's been a great fun day and raised loads of money," he said.

"By doing this, we've looked after one of the greatest British meals ever produced - chips from the fields and fish from the sea."

Mr Baines said he wanted to compete with other record-breakers such as Ellen MacArthur, who last week became the fastest person to complete a solo circumnavigation.

He said: "I couldn't sail around the world - but she couldn't cook a huge bag of chips."

The big fry started at 0900 GMT and finished at 2100 GMT on Thursday.

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