If there was ever a chicken wing that could make the Versace mansion look understated, it can be found at The Ainsworth restaurants in the US.
The upscale venue — which triples as a lounge and sports bar — has locations in New York, New Jersey, Kansas City, and Nashville and is famed for its 24-karat gold-coated chicken wings.
According to The Ainsworth, each order of 50 chicken wings is covered with $A286 worth of gold dust.
The wings cost $A65 for a plate of 10, $A129 for 20, or $A1437 for 50 with a bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne. They’re the most expensive chicken wings in the world, according to publicist turned food influencer Jonathan Cheban — best known as Kim Kardashian’s best friend — who goes by his Instagram handle, Foodgod.
Cheban collaborated with Brian Mazza, the president of the company that owns The Ainsworth, to create the gilt chicken. Mr Mazza told CNN: “We wanted to create something over the top that’s never been done before, and you’ve never seen or tasted anything like it before.”
The Ainsworth executive chef Justine Verzo told news.com.au her first reaction to the idea of making gold-dusted chicken wings was: “how?”
“(I was thinking:) Like, what are we going to do with gold?” she said.
But the team soon worked it out.
To make the glittering Insta-worthy buffalo wings, the meat is brined in a coconut butter for 12 hours and coated with a chipotle and honey batter, baked, flash-fried, smothered in a gold marinade with extra honey barbecue sauce and dusted with 24-karat gold flakes. The final coating resembles molten gold. It comes with a side of gourmet blue cheese dip.
“You want to make sure it looks good but tastes good at the same time,” Ms Verzo said.
“It actually has a flavour to it, chipotle honey.
“We took our time perfecting the taste of it so you don’t taste the gold.”
Gold-coated chicken wings served at The Ainsworth.Source:news.com.au
Gold needs to be in its purest 24 karat form to be safe to eat.
The US Food and Drug Administration hasn’t rigorously studied the effects of the consumption of gold, but the European Food Safety Authority classifies it as harmless. According to Ms Verzo, the gold wings are a novelty.
“A lot of socialites order this food because they want to take pictures of it,” Ms Verzo said.
“It’s such a spectacular crowd-pleaser.”
The wings first came to worldwide attention when a video showcasing them went viral last year.
In the clip, the gold wings are served to Cheban who is sitting with a reporter. He giddily bites into one, emerging with a foiled mouth, like a Prada runway model.
“It’s starting,” he says solemnly.
“The gold lipstick is starting.”
Gold food isn’t new — in 2016 in Manila, a dozen Golden Cristal Ube doughnuts sell for $A1700; in Abu Dhabi, a 24-karat gold-flaked cappuccino costs $A27.
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