Nothing cheesy about this cost!

A RESTAURANT in Asturias has purchased a chunk of locally-produced cheese, for the mouth-watering sum of 14,300 euros at auction.

The bidding began at 1,000 euros, and the battle between 15 restaurants saw the price rocket in seconds.

Cabrales, one of the most sought-after cheese varieties, often nets impossible-sounding fortunes at auction, although this year, the eatery El Llagar de Colloto, in Oviedo, has paid four times the final figure for an identical piece sold at in 2017.

That said, the sum normally bid for a Cabrales “wheel” is less than the huge sums attracted by the highly-prized Idiazabal cheese.

Last year, half a wheel of Idiazabal fetched 8,000 euros, while another, same-sized piece, auctioned in Navarra and bought by celebrity chef Leandro Gil, went for a mere 4,550 euros.

Until now, the highest-ever sum paid for a full Cabrales wheel was 11,000 euros, seven years ago.

Culinary experts have speculated that the recent 14,300-euro mark  could be a sign of a “food-market bubble”.

But they also concede that the restaurants who buy these cheeses have not only recovered their investment in serving them, but always made a profit from them!





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