In June 2010 Andrew set the Guinness World Record for the "Fastest Time to Prepare 1L of Ice Cream".
After contacting Our Cow Molly in 2009 I wrote a lecture based on ice cream which Our Cow Molly sponsored. Eddie form Our Cow Molly came to see the lecture a few times and at the end of one of the lectures he spoke to me and told me that one day he was going to get me to set the world record for making ice cream. I laughed and thought nothing more of it until early 2010 when Eddie rang me up and told me he was organising an event for Sheffield Food Festival and would I be part of it by attempting to set the world record.
After a few months of organising the record attempt (registering it with Guinness etc) June came around. I had spent time making ice cream using liquid nitrogen in the past, but I had never beaten the previous record which stood at 18.78 seconds, set by Peter Barham from the University of Bristol. I spent a fair few days before the record attempt practising making ice cream with liquid nitrogen and after a lot of practice I got the time down to about 17 seconds. I was confident that when I attempted the record I would at least be close to the previous record.
The day before the record attempt I joined Eddie and we went to BBC Sheffield to do an interview for the radio which was aired the morning of the record attempt. I was also interviewed by Hallam FM and clips of that interview went out on the radio throughout the day of the attempt.
The day had come I went up to the Our Cow Molly farm with my bowl and liquid nitrogen. I was met by a huge marquee which was full of local producers selling their wares and there was a stage in the middle for me. I got set up and spent the morning doing short 15 minute demonstrations of liquid nitrogen and dry ice. Eventually the afternoon came and it was time for the record attempt.
There were a few hundred people in the marquee, reporters from a couple of local newspapers, a photographer from the university, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and the Leader of the Council, Paul Scriven. After a minute or two to settle myself Eddie started the countdown! And in just over 10 seconds later (10.34 seconds to be exact) I had made ice cream. A chef then tasted it to make sure it was actually ice cream and I had done it a new Guinness World Record!
After the record I gave a few interviews for the local newspapers and local journalists and the following day I got a phone call from BBC Radio Sheffield asking for a follow up interview. The interview went out in the late afternoon show the following day.