THE award-winning head chef at a Lake District hotel has hit the sweet spot by creating a world record-breaking dessert.

Marc Guilbert, of the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Windermere, has created the world’s most expensive dessert which has a mouth watering price tag of £22,000.

The extravagant chocolate pud smashes all previous records thanks to its pricy list of ingredients which includes gold, champagne caviar and a stunning two carat diamond.

Lindeth Howe managing director Stephen Broughton says: “Marc has used all of his culinary talents to whip up an incredible concoction of chocolate, champagne and gold leaf all topped off with a diamond. It looks spectacular, tastes incred-ible and has a price tag to match!”

The pudding – launched during National Chocolate Week (October 10-17) – is made with four different types of the finest Belgian chocolate flavoured with a combination of peach, orange and whisky.

Styled like a Faberge Easter egg, the beautifully-crafted dessert is layered with champagne jelly and a light biscuit joconde before being finished with bitter dark chocolate and glazed with edible gold leaf.

The centrepiece is a two carat diamond which has been supplied by the award-winning Wave Jewellery.

The pudding is decorated with intricate handmade chocolate flowers. As a finishing touch the indulgent dessert is served with champagne and strawberry caviar.

It also comes with one of the finest and most expensive bottles of dessert wine – Chateau d’Yquem which is priced at around £500 per bottle.

The idea for the record breaking dessert was dreamed up by Lindeth Howe’s Mark Abbott and Mr Guibert. “Here at Lindeth Howe we think we make world class desserts, so we wanted to create something that would smash the world record,” said Mr Abbott.

Lindeth Howe’s new dessert will take its place in the Guinness Book of World Records as soon as a customer has deep enough pockets to order one.

Anyone wanting to buy the dessert will need to order it from Lindeth Howe three weeks in advance.

For everyone else, the dessert will be on display at the four-star hotel which has been awarded two AA Rosettes and recently won the Lancashire & Lake District Life Magazine's Lake District Restaurant of the Year award.