Whether or not you like Italian food, truffles are a must-try. Available as shavings and oils, this extremely rare fungus is a delicacy that people not only travel for, but also pay a fancy amount to include in their meals.
The city of Alba, famous for some of the rarest truffles in the world, brought the annual World Alba White Truffle Auction to Dubai for the first time, with live streaming links between Hong Kong and the UAE.
The auction, held in the region for the first time in its 18-year history, raised a total of AED 65,000 for the Al Jalila Foundation, who have chosen to dedicate the funds to childhood diabetes research and ‘Road to Awareness’, both of which focus on improving the lives of young children.
Hosted by Tom Urquhart, the bid for the first 200-gram truffle was won by UAE resident Stefano Iorini for AED 19,000, followed by Jannie Holtzhausen who took away the 250-gram truffle for a total of AED 21,000. The final bid finished in the hands of an anonymous benefactor through Al Jalila Foundation, and was taken for AED 25,000. Each winning bidder received an invitation to join partner restaurants for an exclusive dinner.
Brought to the GCC by The Italian Industry and Commerce (IICUAE), in partnership with the Italian Restaurant Consulting (IRC) and Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre, the event raised over AED 1,584,173 worldwide, and concluded with an exclusive dinner hosted by renowned chef Giorgio Locatelli and Maurizio Lazzarin, Head Chef of Le Meridien Dubai Hotel and Conference Centre’s authentic Italian restaurant, Casa Mia.