Breaking a world record is no small feat, a restaurant in the Mother City has made it into the Guinness World Records book as the official title holder of the “Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available”.

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs at the V&A Waterfront earned this title with their 207 decadently divine shakes on offer. This eatery no doubt has a shake to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

To achieve this incredible record, the local eatery had to put in a year and a half of hard work to process their application and arrange the record attempt in order to meet the strict criteria.

On October 17, 2019 the big day arrived and Gibson’s was able to carry out their application and officially make an attempt at the world record. The long process leading up to this moment, which had to be strictly followed, encompassed numerous certification forms, checking their menu, sales mix, recipes, ingredients, location and various other formalities.

During their attempt key witnesses were needed, including well-known foodies Jenny Morris, Pete Goffe-Wood, Justin Bonello, Giorgio Nava and Clarice Gomes, who were all required to submit their credentials and curricula vitae to the Guinness World Records London office and after due diligence and various correspondence, they were appointed as Guinness World Records judges for the record attempt.

The officially attempt Gibson’s team.


Once the protocol had been met the official attempt was confirmed. In terms of the Guinness World Records regulations, the judges were divided into two teams which were only allowed a four hour time frame. Working in two shifts under the guidance of Pete Goffe-Wood and according to strict criteria, the 207 milkshakes had to be counted, tasted and signed off by the judges. In addition, they had to audit the recipes and verify that the 207 shakes actually appeared on the menu. 

Video footage of the entire attempt was required. Photographs of the individual milkshakes being made were mandatory. After making 207 milkshakes for the official attempt the Gibson’s team expected to finish between 12pm and 1pm but managed to knock the challenge out by 11.20am.

After a careful worldwide check the Guinness World Records London office verified that Gibson’s are in fact the world record holders for the ‘Most Varieties of Milkshakes Commercially Available’. 

One of Gibson’s many decadent milkshakes on offer.

“We are really proud to be the biggest in the whole world. We are proud of Africa, the V&A Waterfront and last but not least, Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs and our dedicated team. So please come and share this amazing achievement with us and enjoy your way through the WORLD’S largest selection of shakes,” says Ian Halfon, proud co-owner of Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs.

So if you’re visiting the V&A Waterfront make sure to taste one of Gibson’s record breaking milkshakes, which includes flavours such as Chocolate Brownie, Caramel Fudge, Lunch Bar, Butterscotch, Peanut Butter & Crunchie, Honeycomb, Toasted Almond, Nutella & Mascarpone, Oreo Cheesecake, Malva & Custard, Chocolate Peanut Brittle, Lemon Meringue, Chocolate & Maldon Salt, Coffee & Doughnut, Crème Brûlée, Milky Bar White Chocolate, Choc Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Peanut Brittle, Tiramisu, Milo & Banana, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Koeksister & Maple Syrup, Caramel Waffle, Raspberry Meringue & Cream, Ferrero Rocher Supreme, Berry Explosion, Real Strawberry, Chocolate Toffee Cashew, Butter Pecan, Apple Pie & Cream, Salted Caramel and so much more… The on-going list of ultra-yummy shakes also includes an awesome selection of fat-free shakes, vegan Shakes, yoghurt and frozen yoghurt shakes, alcoholic shakes and Freek™ Shakes jam-packed with indulgent treats – all served with eco-friendly straws.

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