Boy wins $9,400 mince pie in raffle

Dec. 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM
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LONDON, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A 6-year-old British boy won a $9,400 mince pie, made with a high-grade platinum leaf, from a raffle at a London business.

Mukund Soni, 6, was chosen as the recipient of the food item, believed to be the world's most expensive mince pie, when his parents took him to the Marvelous Mince Pie Manufactory at The Exchange shopping center in London, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

"Winning the world's most expensive mince pie has been a big surprise this Christmas," said the boy's father, Mahendra Soni. "Mukund loves watching MasterChef so when we heard about the Mince Pie Manufactory we had to come and take part."

Luxury food designer Andrew Stellitano, 25, said it took him 10 days to create the mince pie using a Victorian recipe and modern technology.

"I recreated the techniques used in the Victorian era with modern day technology," he said. "The precision Victorians couldn't get with a knife, I can with a laser."

The pie's ingredients include a high-grade platinum leaf, ambergris sugar, holy water from Lourdes and a platinum coin at the center worth $940.

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