Yesterday, the residents of Callao, Peru were up to something fishy. Four-hundred-fifty students and chefs were elbow-deep in whitefish, lime, onions, and peppers in an attempt to break the world record for the biggest serving of ceviche, a seafood dish in which raw fish is "cooked" by the acid of lime juice.
The dish weighed in at a record-breaking 6.8 tons, more than 2 tons heavier than the existing record of 4.5 tons, a record that was made in Mexico. The record is a huge feat for Peru, a country that claims ceviche as its own.
"In the name of Peru, we can take back the Guinness record," declared Alexander Kouri, Callao's regional president. A Guinness Book of World Records representative was present to make the count official.
Outside the stadium where the record was broken, hundreds waited to taste a plate of the prize.
"What tacos are to Mexicans, ceviche is to us," said Ronald Espinoza, one of the students preparing the dish. "A Peruvian who does not eat ceviche is not Peruvian."