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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 September 2007, 20:43 GMT 21:43 UK
Venezuela serves up record stew
A cook throws meat inside a huge pot to make the sancocho
The stew took 13 hours to cook in a 5m-high pot
Venezuelan chefs have broken the record for the biggest stew in the world, which was enough to feed 70,000 people.

It took 100 people to help prepare the dish, known as a sancocho, on the streets of the capital, Caracas.

The cooks worked on specially-built stoves, throwing in 7,000kg (15,340lb) of vegetables and 5,000kg of meat and chicken to make 15,000 litres of stew.

Guinness World Records officials monitored the record attempt, which was promoted by Venezuela's food ministry.

Food shortages

The stew took 13 hours to cook in a huge 20,000-litre pot that was about 5m high, with a diameter of 2.5m. It was then dished out to passers-by.

A team of men used giant ladles to scoop the soup into small pots, which were then lowered to the ground by a forklift truck.

The previous record was set in Mexico in July.

The BBC's James Ingham in Caracas says the aim of the event was to highlight the government's food distribution programme, which helps ease sporadic shortages due to economic issues.

Our correspondent says many people rely on the government's food initiatives, which guarantee fixed and often subsidised prices.




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