Is this the world's most expensive steak? 'Vintage' £2,110 cut is aged for 15 years
Steak aged for 15 years has joined caviar and cognac to be named one of the most expensive foods in the world.
French butcher, Alexandre Polmard sells cuts from a brand of cattle known as Blonde d'Aquitaine for up to $3200 (£2110).
The cows are raised by Polmard in his family in northeastern France, in settings he compares to a luxury hotel. Speaking to CNN, he said: "My family wouldn't dream of raising animals in sheds where they have no space or room to roam.
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"Here they are in the open air, living in forest and on parkland. There are shelters they can choose to visit in case it rains or snows. It's really five-star accommodation."
Polmard added that he talks to the cows daily in order to make their lives as comfortable and as stress-free as possible. Only four cows are killed per week in his abattoir in order to reduce stress levels: "All the love and attention we give our animals comes through the plate when you taste it. They really are unique."
In order to justify the price tag (which beats the $2,800 Wagyu ribeye steak at Craftsteak restaurant in New York) Polmard uses a method created by his father and grandfather which entails blowing air over his cuts at speeds of almost 75 miles per hour and temperatures of -45 degrees Fahrenheit. This then forces the meat into a state of "hibernation" after which Polmard leaves the meat for up to 15 years....MORE