AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — Not only is UMass Amherst breaking records in the classroom, but they’re also breaking records in the kitchen.
On Labor Day, UMass Dining Services organized a giant stir fry at the Hagis Mall to kick off the school year. The ingredients measured up to more than 4,000 pounds of chicken and assorted vegetbales — setting a new Guiness World Record.
“I think it says that Umass is on the rise,” UMass Chancellor Robert C. Holub said. “We’re making records — we have record breaking first year class, we’ve broken records for research, fundraising — we’re really on the rise, and this is another record we’re breaking.”
This is now the second year in a row that UMass has broken a world record for Asian cuisine. Guest Chef Jet Tila helped the campus make the world’s longest sushi roll in 2011, and came back to Amherst this year to help out with the stir fry.
“It’s amazing man,” Chef Tila said. “They’re never easy and you hate the process getting into it, but once you actually break the record it’s really rewarding.”
This fall the school also welcomes UMass’ largest freshman class, making undergraduate enrollment total more than 27,000 students.