With charity Save The Children last week reporting that some 400,000 children worldwide are being forced to eat hay and leaves to survive, it seems rather gauche to be talking about two very recent news stories. One detailing a dessert that costs £22,000, the other, a box of chocolates that will set you back £190, but discuss them we must.
£190 for a box of chocolates is steep by anyone’s measure. But, perspective is everything. The shop in question that is pushing these opulent “hand crafted, award-winning” fancies is where you will also find the world’s first gold bullion vending machine. In this shop, a tea towel will set you back £20.
Although it’s inevitable that the chocolates will sell, what isn’t so clear is the fate for chef Marc Guilbert’s £22,000 dessert. Working from Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Windermere, the award winning chef has created the world’s most expensive pudding with ingredients including gold, premium champagne, four different types of Belgian chocolate, a two carat diamond, and, bizarrely, caviar.
Beautifully crafted though it may be, the dessert can only take its rightful place in the annals of the Guinness Book of Records when someone orders it from the menu. Unsurprisingly, there has been a “flurry of interest”, but as-of-yet, no takers.
Any order requires a minimum three week lead time, giving a potential suitor ample time to save up and prepare mentally for the eye watering bill, but what about the £2,200 tip?
WHAT ABOUT THE WINE?
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