Some 300 chefs were involved in preparing Saturday's massive ceramic plate of hummus in a huge tent set up in downtown Beirut. The white-uniformed chefs used 2,976 pounds (1,350 kilograms) of mashed chickpeas, 106 gallons (400 liters) of lemon juice and 57 pounds (26 kilograms) of salt to make the dish, weighing 4,532 pounds (2,056 kilograms).
It was not clear what the former Israeli record was, and organizers gave conflicting reports on when it was made.
But chefs and visitors broke into cheers and applause when a representative from the Guinness Book of World Records presented Abboud (head of Lebanon's Association of Lebanese Industrialists), with a certificate verifying Lebanon had broken the previous record. The plate was then decorated with the red, green and white Lebanese flag.
A similar attempt to set a new world record will be held Sunday for the largest serving of tabbouleh, a salad made of chopped parsley and tomatoes, that Lebanon also claims as its own.