I have been quietly researching this for the past year. As soon as the “Occupy” movement began and all the talk of the 1% surfaced I became curious. I heard an online radio host who happened to be a doctor and nutritionist speak about this and at first I thought that it had to be some hoax. So I looked into some other reputable places like the New York Times and even my favorite food scientist. Could it be true? Really? Was the diet of the top 1% of income earners different in some way than the rest of us.
It turns out that as far as all of my research says, yes it is true. I know you think this is a joke but it is not. Simply put, rich people eat better. They tend to eat far more fruits and vegetables because they can afford them. They can and do hire nutritionists that guide their every forkful. They have private trainers that keep them fit and they sometimes even have doctors on staff to keep constant watch over their blood work, blood pressure and other vital functions. The restaurants that they frequent sometimes have special menus for them that avoid all of the lower cost products that are found on the regular menu. Often they are even seated in a different, private dining room where they will not be subjected to the germs and other pollution of the rest of society.
It was difficult to find any actual recipes. Most of the evidence that I found was your basic whole food type regimen. But, I did uncover about a half dozen recipes that a chef friend (who is no longer in the business) claimed that he was given by an associate of an unnamed New York Banker who visited his restaurant on occasion. He said that these recipes were passed to him for preparation for his client and they were to be strictly adhered to. He said that the first time he cooked, the kitchen was cleared (in the afternoon, before customers were there) and he was supervised as he prepared the meal. Most of the recipes had so many exotic and expensive ingredients that they are not worth sharing, but I found one that is a soup that I think most people, if they have the patience and money can make. Here ya go.
- 3 Fresh Kiwi Berries
- 12 ounces of Beluga Caviar
- 1 Tablespoon Squid Ink (black)
- 4 Cups Turkey Broth
- 1 Cup Quail Broth
- 1 Vidalia or Maui Onion, chopped
- 1/2 Head Cauliflower, cut into diamond shapes
- Gold Leafing
- Chef’s Knife
- 2 Large, Copper Stock Pots, polished
- Double Boiler
- Gold Leaf Brush
- Warm the broth in a double boiler over night, making sure not to let any of the aroma escape.
- Peel the kiwi berries and let float.
- In another stock pot, saute the onion until translucent.
- Add cauliflower and braise. Remove immediately.
- Apply gold leaf on the pieces of cauliflower. Make sure you get the eatable kind.
- Add caviar to onion and immediately pour broth over and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Float gold covered Cauliflower diamonds in the broth and serve to your favorite billionaire.