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Most expensive bagel

Last updated: 2007-11-24

photo: WENN - Expensive bagel

Photo: WENN - Expensive bagel

A New York chef has invented a luxury version of one of the city's staple foods - the $1,000 bagel (£500).

While many bagel bakeries in London charge no more than 50p for their version, you can now splash out over £500 for the world's most expensive bagel.

Forget smoked salmon and ordinary cream cheese, this culinary treat is topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused riesling jelly with golden leaves.
The bagel is the creation of chef Frank Tujague of The Westin New York hotel at Times Square and was designed in part to help raise funds for Les Amis d'Escoffier Scholarship which provides scholarships to students of the culinary arts.

"I wanted to create something that speaks to New York, and is also a reflection of my culinary passion for seasonality and fine ingredients," said Tujague.

He said by weight, white truffles - also known as "white gold" and "kings of the table" - are the second most expensive food in the world next to caviar.

The $1,000 bagel is only available until December 14.

"Bagels are a New York food landmark, which is where the base for this dish came from. White truffles are a simple, quality ingredient that takes the meal, or the bagel in this case, to the next level," said Tujague.

"By giving back a portion of the proceeds, we are inspiring future chefs to think outside the box and maximize culinary creativity."

Customers who decide to order the bagel are required to give 24 hours notice.