CHRIS’ THOUGHT: On Chef Smith’s Guinness World Record Scam, The Apology, And The ‘Typical’ Ghanaian

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Chris Osei
Chris Osei
The writer is Osei Chris Kofi. I have three strong passions in life — football, blogging and movies — in that order. I love spending time with friends talking about the important things in life and hate nothing more than ‘authority’ and hypocrisy. My personal believe in life is that once an individual sets his/her mind to achieve something, it is totally possible. And oh!, I am a strong Lannister, because I always pay my debt. For writing or fixing gigs, contact

The recent scandal involving Chef Smith and the supposed Guinness World Record has once again highlighted a recurring issue in our society: our propensity to fall victim to scams due to almost blind optimism.

In the aftermath of Chef Smith’s elaborate deception, it’s essential to take a step back and reflect on our collective responsibility to foster an environment where such scams thrive.

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Chef Smith, with his charming persona and seemingly boundless culinary talent, managed to convince many Ghanaians that he was the next big thing in the food industry.

The allure of being part of an exclusive group and the desire to believe in the dream Chef Smith sold were simply too strong to resist.

In as much as there were a lot of doubts raised about his personality when he started the whole cook-a-thon, a significant number of us believed in him and felled for him.

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In the wake of the scam being exposed, Chef Smith’s apology came across as hollow and insincere.

His attempt to explain away his actions as a “big mistake” on his part only added insult to injury. But while it’s easy to direct our anger solely at Chef Smith, we must also look inward and examine our role in this debacle. Why did we not ask more questions? Why did we not demand proof of his credentials and the legitimacy of his business?

The truth is, many of us were too eager to believe in the fantasy Chef Smith presented. Our culture often celebrates success stories without scrutinizing the journey or the person behind them. We are quick to elevate individuals to celebrity status, often without due diligence. This mindset makes us vulnerable to con artists who know exactly how to exploit our optimism and trust.

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We must also acknowledge that our educational system doesn’t always equip us with the critical thinking skills needed to navigate such situations. From a young age, we are taught to respect authority and take things at face value. This deference can be detrimental when it prevents us from questioning dubious claims or seeking out the truth.

Moreover, the rapid rise of social media has amplified this problem. Platforms like Instagram and Facebook allow individuals like Chef Smith to craft and curate perfect personas that are far removed from reality. We are bombarded with images and stories that present an idealized version of success, making it easier for scammers to weave their webs of deception. The urge to be part of the glamorous narrative they create can cloud our judgment.

What makes this situation even more disheartening is that it isn’t an isolated incident. We have seen similar scams in various sectors, from investment schemes promising unrealistic returns to supposed philanthropic endeavors that turn out to be nothing but fronts for personal gain. Each time, the pattern is the same: grand promises, a charismatic leader, and a public all too willing to believe.

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It’s time we learned from these experiences. We need to cultivate a culture of healthy skepticism and due diligence. It starts with education—teaching our children to think critically and question information, no matter the source. As adults, we must also hold ourselves to higher standards of inquiry. Before investing our time, money, or trust, we should thoroughly research and verify the claims being made.

The media, too, has a role to play. Journalists must prioritize investigative reporting over sensationalism. By doing so, they can help uncover the truth behind these glossy facades and protect the public from falling prey to future scams. Social media influencers and public figures should also use their platforms responsibly, promoting transparency and encouraging their followers to seek out factual information.

While Chef Smith’s actions were undeniably deceitful, the broader issue lies within our collective mentality. Our tendency to be overly optimistic and trusting without sufficient scrutiny makes us prime targets for scammers. It’s time we adopted a more discerning approach to the information and opportunities presented to us. Only by doing so can we prevent such incidents from recurring and safeguard our community against future deceptions. The onus is on each of us to be vigilant and responsible, ensuring that we are not swayed by mere illusions of grandeur but grounded in the reality of verifiable facts.

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