French celebrity chef Eric Ripert, whose restaurant Le Bernardin has been called the best seafood destination in New York City, has launched his own line of luxury caviar that comes at a price tag of $1,050 for eight ounces.
Developed in partnership with Paramount Caviar, whose products he serves at his triple-Michelin-starred restaurant, Ripert has put his name on a limited-edition premium sturgeon roe caviar that clocks in at the princely sum of $525 for a 4-oz tin, and $1,050 for an 8-oz tin.
According to the product description, Eric Ripert Imperial Select Caviar is farmed in Italy, China and Israel and is described as nutty, briny, creamy and lightly salted.
Included in the reusable white bag with blue trim is a black, mother-of-pearl spoon engraved with Ripert’s signature that comes in an embossed blue satin pouch, as well as 16 handmade blini imported from France and a mini container of crème fraiche.
Ripert’s luxury caviar launches just weeks after also releasing a premium chocolate bar with BFF and fellow food personality Anthony Bourdain.
The $18 Good & Evil bar, made from a rare Peruvian cacao which was believed to be extinct, is made with 72 percent cacao and dark cocoa nibs and is inspired by the duo’s friendship. Ostensibly, Ripert is supposed to represent good, and Bourdain evil.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.