A teacher teamed up with his students after setting his sights on a rather tasty Guinness World Records title - the longest charcuterie board.
Charcuterie boards have become a popular way to serve appetizers and snacks for events and gatherings. A charcuterie board typically features an array of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, bread, fruits, and nuts.
While many people create charcuterie boards for small groups, this group of young students have taken it to a whole new level by creating the longest one ever.
On 24 March 2023 the longest charcuterie board was created by Peter Wachtel and Adolfo Camarillo High School (both USA) in Camarillo, California, USA.
The board measured an impressive 62.38 m (204 ft 7.8 in).
Adolfo Camarillo High School is a public school established in 1956 in Camarillo, California, about 60 miles north of Los Angeles.
This amazing world record was led by ACHS’s architecture and product innovation and design class teacher, Peter, who was a toy maker for over 20 years before becoming a teacher at the high school.
Wachtel said he got the idea for creating the longest charcuterie board after attending a conference.
The process of creating the board took almost three months, and required the help of 50 students who worked as a team for over 100 hours.
In true Guinness World Records spirit, the record-breaking team recycled 65 year-old gym bleachers from the High School's basketball court for this project.
The record-breaking charcuterie board was built in the school's wood shop.
The day of the official attempt, the team needed 45 minutes to carry it from the shop to the school's football field, where tents and tables were set up.
Culinary students from the school also participated in the attempt and helped to carefully place the 500 pounds (226.796 kg) of food on the board. Which included over five different meats, fruits, nuts and cheese.
Nearly everything needed for this world record was donated by parents and local businesses.
All food was distributed immediately after the attempt was confirmed successful. Following guidelines from the California Health Department, culinary students put food in to-go containers and handed them out for spectators to take home.
After successfully achieving the Guinness World Records title for longest charcuterie board, Peter's vision of bringing students and members of the local community together became a reality. Congratulations!
The Camarillo High School record surpasses the former record for longest charcuterie board which measured 45.73 m (150.05 ft) and was achieved by Datassential (USA) in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 24 September 2019.
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