THE WORLD’S most expensive dinner will be hosted in (where else?) Dubai. The event will take place on the helipad at the Burj Al Arab, the iconic luxury hotel that defines Dubai, and is in aid of a special charity. There will only be 12 diners and they will pay an astonishing $2,700 per head. Here’s the ultimate irony: the once-in-a-lifetime dinner is designed to raise money for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which feeds the poor and hungry across the planet. The High Table dinner experience will take place on March 13 and will serve as the grand finale to the inaugural Dubai Food Festival. The venue has been chosen for its panoramic view across the Arabian Sea and the Dubai skyline, and is already famous for attention-catching events, including Tiger Woods and Rory Mcilroy hitting golf balls from the helipad into the Arabian Sea. It was also the chosen stage for the centenary celebrations of sportscar maker Aston Martin; Andre Agassi and Roger Federer have played tennis on the helipad and, most recently, it was host to a spectacular demonstration of a ‘drift’ by Formula One champions, the Red Bull racing team.
The High Table dinner starts with a traditional Arabian welcome and exclusive reception on the lower deck. Once on the helipad, guests will be treated to 360-degree panoramic views of Downtown Dubai, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah and the World Islands while waiting for a gastronomic seven-course degustation menu created by Burj Al Arab’s executive chef, Maxime Luvara. While the actual menu has been kept a surprise, some clues can be gained from Luvara’s offerings at Al Mahara, the signature restaurant at Burj Al Arab, which offers a unique under-the-sea setting. Luvara is famed for his classical French, Mediterranean and fusion cuisine knowledge gained at Michelin-starred restaurants across the world, including with chef Alain Ducasse in Le Louis XV—the three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Monaco—and with chef Antoine Westermann in Le Burehiesel, another three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris. Additionally, he has worked in many other restaurants and kitchens at some of the most luxurious hotels in the world. His signature dishes include Alaskan king crab and foie gras ravioli, Atlantic wild turbot cooked with vine leaves and pure Arabica coffee Chantilly cream cake.
The cost of the meal may be high, but it’s for a good cause, part of the ‘Eat and Feed’ initiative in support of the