UMass Amherst Seeks another Guinness World Record With 6,500-pound Seafood Stew on Labor Day

Giant One-Ton Frying Pan Returns for Second Record Recipe
DATE:           Monday, Sept. 3, 2012
TIME:            6 p.m.
PLACE:         The traffic island opposite Haigis Mall on Massachusetts Avenue
Dining Services at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is again seeking to set a new Guinness World Record with a 6,500-pound seafood stew that will be cooked on Labor Day to celebrate the return of students to the campus. The event is part of the Welcome UMass Amherst Barbecue that runs from 4-7 p.m.
The weighing and Guinness World Record presentation is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The cooking of the stew will be led by celebrity chef Jet Tila of the Food Network, Willie Sng, UMass Amherst’s executive chef, and the award-winning UMass Amherst culinary team along with hundreds of student volunteers, administrators, and staff.
The seafood stew will be prepared in the custom-built, 1-ton, 14-foot frying pan used last year to set the new Guinness Record of 4,010 pounds for the world’s largest stir-fry.
This year’s recipe calls for 145 pounds of bacon, 1,000 pounds of seafood (including mussels, lobster, clams, haddock and salmon), 1,137 pounds of potatoes, 72 pounds of butter, 862 pounds of chicken stock, 72 pounds of flour, 287 pounds of carrots, 575 pounds of onions, 144 pounds of corn, 288 pounds of celery, 72 pounds of turnips, 72 pounds of parsnips, 1,725 pounds of half and half, with one pound each of oyster sauce and a salt/pepper/seasoning mix.
Corporate sponsors will cover the total cost of the event, says Ken Toong, executive director of auxiliary enterprises at UMass Amherst. Among the sponsors are the National Peanut Board, Alaska Seafood Marketing, Lee Kum Kee, Bush’s Best, Kraft, Ecolab, North Coast Seafood, McCormick and Hormel.
Contact: Ed Blaguszewski, 413/545-0444;