Serendipity3, a popular Upper East Side restaurant in New York City, has set a new Guinness World Record for the most expensive French fries.
Fittingly called Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites, the fancy side dish costs a whopping $200 per serving.
Created by Serendipity3’s creative director and chef Joe Calderone and corporate executive chef Frederick Schoen-Kiewert, the exclusive fries are made from upstate Chipperbeck potatoes, which are first blanched in Dom Perignon Champagne and J. LeBlanc French Champagne Ardenne Vinegar. They are then cooked twice in pure goose fat from cage-free geese raised in Southwest France, first at 320˚F and again at 375˚F.
After the fries are cooked, they are seasoned with Guerande truffle salt, which sells for about $17 an ounce. They are then tossed in Urbani summer truffle oil and topped with shaved Crete Senesi Pecorino Tartufello made of milk from sheep that are grazed on the clay-rich hills of Crete Senesi, as well as black truffles foraged from valleys and forests in Volterra and Miniato, Italy. Also added on the top of the fries are shaved black summer truffles from Umbria, Italy.
The Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites come with a mornay sauce made with udder cream from A2 grass-fed Jersey cows, black truffle butter, and 3-month aged gruyere truffled Swiss raclette, which costs $24.99 per pound.
Finished with 23K edible gold dust that costs $150 a gram, the fries and sauce are served extravagantly on a Baccarat crystal Arabesque plate and bowl.
A day before July 13th’s National French Fries Day, Guinness World Records held a ceremony granting the restaurant the world record. “Today it is my pleasure to present you with the Guinness World Record title for the most expensive French fries to Serendipity3 for your Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites,” said adjudicator Kaitlin Vesper at the ceremony. “Congratulations, you are now officially amazing.”
“I’m kind of speechless, overwhelmed and elated, excited — just one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had,” Schoen-Kiewert told the New York Post.
“After [our July 9th] reopening, we wanted to make as much noise as we can,” added Calerdone. “We thought it was the perfect timing to really do something fun and really prove that New York is back.”
This is Serendipity3’s tenth Guinness World Record title. The restaurant was awarded its first back in 1998 for the world’s largest wedding cake. “[But] this is even more special because coming out of the pandemic, it’s great to have something to be excited about, and we’re open and New York City’s back,” said Calderone.
While Calderone didn’t give an exact date on when Serendipity3 will begin serving their Creme de la Creme Pommes Frites, he said that they will start taking reservations for their lavish fries very soon.