Monday, December 10, 2012

World's Most Expensive Christmas Dinner: $200,450 For Four People

Christmas time is a season of get-togethers and festive dinners, and this year we have the father of all Christmas dinners with Ben Spalding’s $200,450 Christmas dinner for a group of four. Ben Spalding is the Head Chef at John Salt London, and has worked at more than 12 Michelin-starred kitchens in more than four countries, so you can expect this Christmas dinner to be quite a spread.

Chef Ben Spalding with the Menu Card for this Christmas Dinner

This $200,450 Christmas dinner is a one-off luxurious feast, which will be specially prepared and served at their home of the buyer, by Ben Spalding and his team of culinary experts. There is a bit of charity here too: Ben Spalding will be contributing 80 percent of his fee to Cancer Research UK and Hospitality Action.

Four Courses Of The World’s Most Expensive Christmas Feast

So, what will be served at the world’s most expensive Christmas dinner? Well, this expensive luxury Xmas feast is a four-course meal, during which diners will relish some of the most expensive food and drinks available in the world.

Almas Caviar that will be served as the first course of this Xmas dinner

For the first course, a bottle of Piper Heidsieck 1907 champagne worth $59,340 will be served in diamond-encrusted champagne flutes. This will be followed by Almas caviar (the world’s most expensive caviar at £5,000), and 150-year-old balsamic vinegar (priced at £1,030).

For the second course, Spalding’s team will serve Yubari King melon from China (this is the world’s most expensive melon at $4,010). This melon will be presented with saffron and whole white Alba truffles costing £3,500.

The third course will be the traditional Christmas turkey, which is a must-have at any luxury Christmas dinner. However, this will be a costly turkey of the rare Dodine breed that costs £500. Beef fillet from the famous Wagyu cows of Japan (costing £4,500) will also be served during this course. The whole turkey and beef fillet will be wrapped in gold leaf (costing £6,000), and garnished with Akbari Pistachios (costing £5,000).

A packet of Kopi Luwak coffee

The last course of this Xmas dinner is the dessert, which will be served to the guests in a gold Ugandan vanilla plate which is priced at £1,500. This dessert consists of seedless Densuke watermelon (costing £2,600) from Japan, Amadei chocolate and whipped Kopi Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world at £3,000.

I was surprised to hear that this Kopi Luwak coffee is made from coffee beans that are fermented in the intestines of the Asian Palm Civet Cat. I've seen this wild cat in the Delhi Zoo. It was cute, but just imagine, having cat-poo for desert…people actually pay for this?

Other expensive ingredients that will be used during this four-course Christmas dinner are:
  • Diva Vodka - £2,000
  • Pullet de bresse’s for stock - £2,500
  • Periogord truffles - £900 
  • Amadei chocolate - £150 
  • 1949 Cheval Blanc - £4,680 
  • 1988 Corton-Charlemagne, Coche-Dury - £1,390
  • 1959 La Tache - £5,400 
  • 1976 Chateau d’Yquem - £990
While this festive spread is the most expensive Christmas dinner, it is not the world’s most expensive dinner ever. This honour goes to the lavish spread offered by the five-star Lebua Hotel in Bangkok, which offers a ten-course feast for a whopping $300,000 per person.

What do you think of the world’s most expensive Christmas dinner? Would you rather have something else served at your dining table for the price of $200,450?

From: Daily Mail

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