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Million dollar meal

Credit crunch, what crunch? The only crunch you'll hear is guests biting down on a $1 million meal in Bangkok.

by: Reuters | 07 Nov 2008

The Lebua hotel, which raised the ire of many in Thailand's capital when it charged 1 million baht ($28,580) for a dinner last year, is coming back for seconds – but charging almost 40 times more.

The hotel's chief executive, Deepak Ohri, said it was worth the risk, because the proceeds will be donated to charity. He believes the event will go some way to lifting the gloom over the global economic crisis.

"What's happening to the world economy is emotional," Ohri said in an interview in Hong Kong. "This can help boost confidence that there is money."

Ohri has lined up two Hollywood stars and one from Bollywood, the Indian film industry, to work with chefs to serve dinner for 10 guests at the hotel's Mezzaluna restaurant.

Million dollar meal too steep?

Six people have already accepted an invitation to dine, including a private equity executive, an oil baron and a well-known business man, he added.

"Some people will find $1 million too much for a meal, but sometimes a piece of art goes for $40 million," Ohri said.

Would you pay a million bucks for a meal cooked by Brad Pitt?

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