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The most expensive Christmas dinner in the world costs $200,450 and is causing criticism

Call all the obscenely rich people and wonder what to do with the piles of cash you have lying around the mansion? Don't you hate it when, after buying Christmas porches for your entire extended family, Despite it do you have extra money to spend?

British chef Ben Spalding comes to the rescue. An opulent Christmas dinner with a proud price tag of $200,450 for four guests, or $50,112 per person.

The 25-year-old upstart is currently a chef at British restaurant John Salt. His very special World's Ultimate Christmas Dinner deal is put together by luxury products website VeryFirstTo.com, which also offers flights to space for $105,000 – a possible Boxing Day getaway for you and your family.

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Of course, Spalding's menu also has its fair share of skeptics who think it might be a bit callous.

“My restaurant is geared towards these high-end products, but I think you have to be flexible and understand how times have changed,” says Pino Posteraro, owner and executive chef at Cioppino's Mediterranean Grill and Enoteca in Vancouver.

“Even people with a lot of money don't want to rub it in people's faces in a time of crisis.”

So what does the $50,112 license plate get you?

First things first: Spalding will prepare the food for you in the comfort of your own home, reports Timeso if you're more of a hotplate and mini-fridge type, you might want to think again. The meal begins with a bottle of 1907 Piper-Heidsieck champagne, priced at $59,500, served in diamond-encrusted champagne flutes.

Next up is an appetizer of bird's nest and Almas caviar with 150-year-old balsamic vinegar and Pata Negra Ibérico jamón. Then there's a $4,000 melon called the Yubari King, served with white truffles and saffron.

And then it continues with an ingredient list that includes Wagyu beef and heart, rare Dodine turkey, gold leaf, Akbari pistachios, Densule watermelon and Kopi Luwak coffee beans digested and excreted by Vietnamese civets. Yummy!

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Spalding promises to donate the majority of his fee to charity. However, the offer has been criticized as being more than excessive in times of austerity.

Does all this wealth also mean deliciousness?

“Putting together the most expensive things doesn’t necessarily lead to a successful menu in the end,” says Posteraro.

Posteraro specializes in rare foods and ingredients and finds Spalding's menu gimmicky. He says he prefers to alternate expensive dishes with more earthy ingredients to create balance. He also thinks the menu may be a little insensitive.

Posteraro serves some very high-quality meals, complete with expensive wines, old bottles of Dom Pérignon, caviar, lobster and truffles, but nothing ever costs more than $6,000 per person.

“I don’t understand how a meal can be worth $50,000,” says Posteraro.

So far, the meal has not been purchased, so it remains to be seen whether anyone other than Spalding himself believes that a meal could be worth $50,000.