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What's the Most Expensive Ingredient You've Used?

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It's no secret that top-notch chefs and restaurants have their favorite ingredients, but when it comes to ones that empty the wallet, what are they willing to pay?

This week, a fellow Chow Bella contributor had the same question. So I asked chefs and restaurateurs in the Valley which ingredient they've spent the most on. Here's what they had to say:

Chef Kevin Binkley Binkley's and Café Bink

White truffles from Alba, Italy, are without a doubt the most expensive product I have ever ordered. They've ranged anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000 a pound, depending on the season. I wish I didn't love them so much, seeing how incredibly expensive they are.

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Laura Hahnefeld
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