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Belgian burns fingers setting world chip-making record

A Belgian maker of French fries, the country’s proud national dish, has set a new world record for non-stop chip-making after frying mountains of potato strips for 83 consecutive hours.

The record by 53-year-old Chris Verschueren, owner of a French fries business, beat by 11 hours a previous record of 72 hours set in 1987 by a Briton chip chef.

“My fingers are burnt, my feet are sore and my wrist is painful,” he told Belga national news agency. “But it doesn’t matter, I’m going to party now.”

From the time he turned on the heat Friday morning in his village of Kastel till he ran out of steam Monday night, Verschueren cooked up 1,500 kilos of chips, taking a 100-minute break after 20 hours for a shower and a stretch.

His bid to set a new record for the amount of ships sold — 1,500 bags — failed however.

The new world record-holder embarked on the challenge in order to raise funds for a children’s hospital as his own five-year-old has been ill since birth.