Record-breaking competitive eater Kevin Thomas Strahle, has put on another spud-tacular speed eating performance.
The professional speed eater, more commonly known as L.A. Beast, walked into the legendary restaurant, Serendipity3 in Manhattan, New York (USA), for a taste of their world-renowned "Crème de la Crème Pomme Frites."
An upscale spin on a classic side dish, they hold the record for the world’s most expensive French fries (chips), valued at $200 USD (£143.90 GBP).
L.A. Beast is known for his ability to eat food in record-breaking times and has amassed a massive social media following in the process.
With his own table reserved at the popular restaurant, the speed eating sensation braced himself for a French fry experience that he could only describe as "truffle upon truffle upon truffle."
Recipe for the world’s most expensive French fries
Serendipity3’s luxurious French fries include a mix of decadent flavors and top-of-the-range ingredients. These include;
- Upstate Chipperbeck potatoes
- Vintage 2006 Dom Perignon Champagne
- J. LeBlanc French Champagne Ardenne Vinegar
- Pure cage-free goose fat from France
- Guerande Truffle Salt
- Truffle oil
- Crete Senesi Pecorino Tartufello cheese
- Shaved black summer truffles from Italy
- Truffle butter
- Organic A2 100% grass fed cream from Jersey cows
- Aged Gruyere Truffled Swiss
- A 23k edible gold dust topping
Go behind Serendipity3's kitchen door and see the step-by-step recipe guide for the world's most expensive French fries.
"We created the most expensive French fries for National French Fry Day," said Chef Joe Calderone.
"What better way to celebrate this iconic American staple item than to create an elevated version." - Chef Joe Calderone
Chef Freddie Schoen-Kiewert walked L.A. Beast through the signature dish's three part preparation process.
The potatoes are first dipped in a boiling pot of Dom Perignon Champagne and J. LeBlanc French Champagne Adrenne Vinegar.
While the fries simmer, the signature Mornay sauce is prepared.
The fancy fries are then removed from the pot to cool and are refrigerated as they develop a pellicle.
"A pellicle is when it develops a skin on top of the potatoes," said Chef Freddie.
"That's really going to help the whole cooking process because it's going to give us that crispy exterior and fluffy interior."
To take on their crispy, crunchy texture, the fries are frozen a second time and refried in pure goose fat for three minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit (176.6 degrees Celsius).
"Goose fat is really hard to come by. If you're doing this at home, duck fat works really great too," said Chef Freddie as he waited on the fries to achieve golden perfection.
The world-famous fries are then served on a Baccarat crystal Arabesque plate, with a matching bowl containing the Mornay Sauce for dipping. The platter is garnished with shaved truffle, Crete Senesi Pecorino Tartufello cheese, and 23K edible gold dust.
"We came up with these fries as we reopened after the pandemic. It was kind of our way to say 'Hey guys, we're here. We're large, we're in charge, we're back.'" - Chef Freddie Schoen-Kiewert
Even more surprising is that the famed finger-food currently has an eight to nine week waiting list of guests eager for their chance to indulge in the decadent dish.
Feasting on the fries
After watching Chef Freddie whip up the finely crisped potatoes, Strahle – who has 2.74 million subscribers on his YouTube channel – dived right into the plate of truffley goodness.
"My goal is to chug this Mornay and eat this entire plate as fast as possible." – L.A. Beast
As the speed eating YouTube star took his first bite out of the desirable French fries, Chef Freddie asked him what the verdict was.
"There's earthy notes; the grass, the hay," said L.A. Beast.
"I never thought I would say I tasted hay but it's amazing."
Between bouts of what Chef Freddie called the "truffle shakes," Strahle described the flavour of the extravagant dish as very rich and "truffley."
Living up to his reputation, the fearless L.A. Beast quickly devoured what was left of his fries with one final bite.
"These really are the most expensive fries, and the best," Strahle said as he washed them down with the Mornay sauce.
During the course of his speed eating career, Strahle has earned eight record titles with his food feats, including:
- Most powdered doughnuts eaten in three minutes - 9 powdered doughnuts
- Fastest time to eat all chocolates from an advent calendar - 1 min and 27.84 sec
- Most gummy bears eaten with a stick in one minute - 31 gummy bears
However, it was one special ingredient that set L.A. Beast’s Serendipity3 speed eating experience apart from all the others.
"I think it’s amazing that I’m eating gold," said Strahle.
This decadent dish isn't the first record-breaking menu item created by Serendipity. They also hold three additional records for;
- Most expensive dessert - The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae costs $25,000 USD (£12,000 GBP)
- Most expensive sandwich - The Quintessential Grilled Cheese costs $214 USD (£132.64 GBP)
- Most expensive milkshake - The LUXE Milkshake costs $100 USD (£75.05 GBP)
After finishing the world-famous French fries, L.A. Beast left us with a five-star recommendation:
"Come down to Serendipity!"