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8,000 bill for gold-topped pie
Spencer Burge with the pie
Spencer Burge's recipe includes two bottles of vintage wine
A chef has baked what he claims is the world's most expensive steak and mushroom pie, costing diners more than 1,000 a slice.

About 500 of beef, Chinese mushrooms worth more than 2,000 and truffles have replaced traditional ingredients.

Its sauce is fortified by 1982 Chateau Mouton Rothschild wine costing 4,000 and the crust is topped with gold leaf.

The recipe was prepared by Spencer Burge, head chef at the Fence Gate Inn in Burnley, Lancashire.

The pie cuts into eight slices, with a total cost of 8,195.

Kevin Berkins, who owns the Fence Gate Inn, said: "It started as a bit of silliness and quickly got out of control," he said.

"It's a very sophisticated pie. It's like anything else, if you drive a Rolls-Royce, you know you are driving something prestigious."

"Not everyone's going to order it but it's good for a special occasion if someone wants to be part of a real eating experience."


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