Ilford boy wins world’s most expensive mince pie

A six-year old Ilford boy won a very special early Christmas present this morning - the world’s most expensive mince pie.

Families have been making their own mince pies at a manufactory in The Exchange shopping centre, High Road, Ilford, since the start of the month.

And all received raffle tickets to win a delicately-crafted �3,000 version, gilded with platinum leaf, which has been on display there.

Lucky Mukund Soni, a fan of TV show Masterchef, got his hands on the pie this morning.

His father, Mahendra Soni, said: “My wife and I have been thinking of buying gifts for the children and this has been a fantastic additional present for them.

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“We’re looking forward to inviting friends over for a celebration of this surprise gift.

“Mukund has a keen interest in culinary activities. “Once we heard about the manufactory we had to come and take part and he loved it.”

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The pie is brushed with eggnog and dusted with precious Ambergris sugar, following a recipe from 1670.

A 1920’s cognac and Tokaij Essentica, a sweet white wine, were also used.

Marc Myers, The Exchange’s general manager, said: “We wanted to deliver something different for our customers this Christmas. “We’ve seen children and adults alike making mince pies and having a fantastic experience, some returning many times.”

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