$300,000 meal goes ahead despite chefs’ protest

13Mar08

From the SMH. A report saying that three Michelin-starred chefs have pulled out of a dinner as none of the $300,000 cost would be going to the charity for which it is being held. The organisers say that the chefs just don’t understand the concept “we are doing exactly what Bill Gates has done, called creative capitalism”.

Lebua hotels and resorts intends to fly 50 of its top-spending guests to an elephant camp in one of Thailand’s poorest regions on April 5 to show them how the other half lives, before returning to Bangkok for a US$300,000 (A$326,000) meal.

The organisers hope the visit to Surin province to see dwindling elephant numbers and the plight of their handlers will spark an altruistic streak in the assembled bankers, casino magnets and real estate moguls.

You’d think they’d be able to spare a couple of dollars out of $300,000!

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