The press release for Deca’s new grilled cheese sandwich proclaims that it is “not your childhood classic.”
Unless, of course, your mom made your snacks with 24K gold shavings. Here’s looking at you, Richie Rich.
The “Zillion Dollar Grilled Cheese,” served exclusively at the Ritz Carlton Chicago’s in-house restaurant, has a hefty $100 price tag.
Here are the luxe deets: The sandwich’s sourdough bread is grilled golden brown in Laudemio Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi olive oil.
The Iberico ham is “sourced from pigs living primarily in the south of Spain, allowed to roam free in the pasture eating acorns until they are of proper size. They are then salted and air-dried for six weeks followed by a minimum curing process of 12 months.”
On top of the ham, chefs melt 40-year-old Wisconsin cheddar that’s been infused with 24K gold flakes. To complete the most indulgent grilled cheese of all time, they add heirloom tomatoes, Hudson Valley foie gras, 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, Oregon perigord white truffle aioli, and a sunny side up duck egg.
If you’re into that kind of thing.
Eric Ciechna, a Deca host, tells DNAInfo:
“Looking at how ridiculously extravagant some of these items are, $100 might actually be a steal on this thing.”
Ciechna might be right. DNAInfo reports that a bottle of the olive oil goes for $30 alone, while the foie gras is about $60 per pound.