Is This The World’s Most Expensive Dinner?
At US$2 million it probably is, but it’s all for a good cause.
This week, the World's Most Exclusive Dinner - an initiative at the intersection of luxury and philanthropy - took place in Singapore.
Worth US$2m, the dinner was bought by a Singaporean couple, Vincent and Jane Hee, with all the proceeds going towards the eradication of child mortality from pneumonia in Nigeria through Danish humanitarian organisation DINNødhjælp.
DINNødhjælp operates Land of Hope, a children's centre in Nigeria housing "witch-children" accused by their community for witchcraft and subsequently ostracised and tortured. This fundraiser will buy 20,000 Prevnar 13® vaccines for the charity to combat Pneumonia which is the biggest killer of the under-fives in Nigeria, ahead of HIV, malaria and diarrhoea combined.
Curated by Karan Tilani, Singapore-based philanthropist and director of World of Diamonds Group, the dinner sought to raise awareness of the charity through the three day line-up of staggering opulence. The reason he wanted to support this charity was his passion for children, he says.
“I want to stand up for what most people may be deterred by; Nigeria has a very negative connotation attached to it - people think of scams and corruption and cheating, and not many may be inclined to save children branded as witches.”
On Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th of January 2020, the Hees experienced three days of pampering, including an 18-course dinner by Kirk Westaway of Michelin-starred Jaan served alongside diamond-encrusted chopsticks and a one-of-a-kind diamond ring in a private jet cruising 40,000 feet across Southeast Asia.
Here is a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what they experienced.