World’s ultimate Christmas dinner

Menu for the most expensive Christmas meal in the world

London chef Ben Spalding of John Salt is the author of The World’s Most Ultimate Christmas Dinner,   80% of the chef’s fee being donated to Cancer Research UK and Hospitality Action. Called the most expensive Christmas meal in the world, the £125,000 (€155,000) holiday dinner for four includes Diva Cocktail and Piper-Heidsieck 1907 Champagne, Bird’s nest & Almas Caviar 150-year-old balsamic and Pata Negra Ibérico jamón, accompanied by dodine of rare breed turkey with Wagyu beef fillet and heart, wrapped in 50-carat gold leaf.

A £37,000 bottle of Champagne that pre dates World War One will be served in diamond studded champagne flutes, before Almas caviar, the world’s most expensive fish eggs, and 150 year old balsamic vinegar, are served as part of the first course.

The world’s most expensive melon from China, the Yubari King, makes up the second course, accompanied by whole white truffle and saffron. The traditional Christmas turkey is given a decadent makeover for the third course. Using Dodine of rare breed turkey with Wagyu beef fillet and heart, the centre piece to the Christmas dinner is wrapped in edible 50 carat gold leaf, sprinkled with Akbari Pistachios. The fourth and final course is served on a gold Ugandan vanilla plate. The desert dish includes whipped Kopi Luwak, beans of coffee berries excreted by the Asian Palm Civet cat and Densuke watermelon, a seedless fruit grown only on the island of Hokkaido, Japan, where up to 10,000 watermelons are produced every year.

The chef’s key ingredients list:
Diva Vodka – £2,000
Piper Heidsieck 1907 Champagne – £37,000
Dry ice – £180
Pata Negra Iberico jambon – £600
Birds Nest – £100
Almas Caviar – £5,000
150 year old balsamic – £1,030
Whole White Alba truffle – £3,500
Pullet de bresse’s for stock – £2,500
Saffron stock – £500
Yubari King melon – £2,500
Dodine of rare breed turkey – £500
Wagyu beef – £4,500
Gold leaf – £6,000
Periogord truffles – £900
Akbari pistachios – £5,000
Kopi Luwak – £3,000
Amadei chocolate – £150
Densuke watermelon – £2,600
Gold Ugandan vanilla plate – £1,500
1949 Cheval Blanc – £4,680
1988 Corton-Charlemagne, Coche-Dury – £1,390
1959 La Tache – £5,400
1976 Chateau d’Yquem – £990