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So would you pay pounds 345 for a plate of cheese on toast?

Byline: BY GRAHAM DAVIES Daily Post Staff

WHEN the world's most expensive sandwich was unveiled this week, gastronomes gawped at its pounds 85 price tag.

But West Lancashire chef Tom Bridge has gone pounds 260 better with his latest creation - an indulgent piece of cheese on toast.

Made with the finest ingredients he could obtain and ideally served with a glass of vintage champagne, it comes to a heart-stopping pounds 345 a slice.

The dish contains:

L'Aquila white Umbrian truffles (pounds 1,400 per kg) - recognised as the most aromatic in the world.

Matsutake Chinese mushrooms (pounds 250 per lb) - so valuable they are harvested under armed guard.

Creamy Lancashire cheese - the chef's favourite for toasting because of its unique melting consistency.

Mr Bridge, from Newburgh, near Ormskirk, said: "I was brought up eating cheese on toast and I'm now lucky enough to have access to some of the most exclusive and extraordinary foods from around the world.

"I thought it would be great fun to accessorise such a classic and popular snack with some of these amazing ingredients."

Mr Bridge said he only ever used creamy Lancashire cheese and "doorstep wedges" of bread when cooking cheese on toast.

However, he said: "Adding elements like the Chinese mushrooms and white truffles takes the dish to a whole new level."

Mr Bridge, who creates recipes for magazines and television and radio shows, is launching his dish for National Cheese on Toast Day, which will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief on April 27.

The chef will travel to London to take part in festivities in Leicester Square, where he will market the recipe to high-class restaurateurs.

A version of the snack will be auctioned on the ebay website, where the highest bidder will receive a visit from Mr Bridge to cook the meal in their home.

He said: "I will be promoting the North West in London, because I will also be showing other uses for creamy Lancashire cheese.

"Quite frankly, it is the finest cheese on toast in the world, because it toasts so well. It goes stringy and has a wonderful flavour. It's better than mozzarella, Cheddar or Cheshire cheese in that respect.

"When people down south taste it, they'll know what I'm talking about. I'm a Lancashire lad and I'm pleased to be promoting something we're really proud of."

This week, London department store Selfridge's revealed the McDonald sandwich, said to be the world's most expensive, at pounds 85.

Named after its creator, Selfridge's chef, Scott McDonald, its cost is down to the Wagyu beef that makes up most of its filling, packed in a 24-hour fermented sour dough bread.

Japanese Wagyu cattle, raised on a special diet of beer and grain, are one of the most expensive breeds in the world.

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