Sony cooks up worlds largest meatball

The campaign for ‘Cloudy with a chance of meatballs’ begins

It’s hard to believe there is a category in the Guinness book of records covering the subject of Meatballs, but there is and today Sony Pictures broke the record by cooking up the world’s largest meatball.

Carlos Martinez, adjudicator with Guinness World Records made the announcement today which ties in with the release of Sony’s new 3D animation ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


The meatball, weighing in at 49.5 kg, or 109 lbs, was cooked up by the chefs at The Ritz Carlton in Cancún, Mexico, to promote the upcoming film, in which a budding inventor causes food to fall from the sky like rain.  The Hotel’s Executive chef Rainer Zinngrebe along with banquet chef Aldo Novoa accomplished the appetizing feat, surpassing a previous record set in 2008 that stood at 32.93 kg, or 72 lbs., 9 oz.  The new record was confirmed by Martinez, and after the record was confirmed, the meatball was cut up into normal-sized portions and served to everyone at the record-setting event.

Commenting on the announcement, Hannah Minghella, president of production for Sony Pictures Animation, said, “During the production of this movie we had a lot of fun creating the look, texture and sounds of the giant-sized meatballs (among other foods) that Flint makes rain from the sky… and now we know what they taste like.”

 “We apply very strict criteria to our records,” said Guinness World Records’ Carlos Martinez.  “In this particular case, not only did the meatball have to beat the standing record, but also be fully cooked and edible, as verified by myself and food and health inspectors present at the event.  Guinness World Records takes pride in its high standards, and as a result, not every record attempt is successful!”