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Last Updated: Friday, 4 June, 2004, 11:53 GMT 12:53 UK
Algeria cooks up couscous record
Algerian chefs put the finishing touches to giant couscous
Organisers said the finished dish could feed 22,000 guests.
A catering college in the northern Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou has cooked the world's largest couscous.

The traditional north African dish was made from 2,600 kilos (5,732 lb) of dry semolina, meat from 100 sheep and 1.5 tonnes of vegetables.

Representatives from the Guinness Book of Records attended the event to ensure it complied with the rules.

The feat by both teachers and students surpasses the previous record - not listed by Guinness - in Tunisia.

It was made using a custom-made couscoussier, or traditional cooking pot for couscous, which was 14ft (4.3m) wide and 26ft (8m) deep.

A three-tonne stove was also built to cook the couscous.

Organisers said the finished dish could feed 22,000 guests.

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