A Complete History of Oprah’s Truffle Obsession
Every famous person worth their salt has an eccentric green room gimmick—something truly unnecessary that they demand to have on hand at all times. As rumor goes, Justin Bieber won’t set foot in a dressing room without Swedish fish. Paul McCartney needs fresh freesia and lilies to get amped up for another rousing round of “Wonderful Christmastime.” Nobody gets to hear Blake Shelton’s sweet crooning until the man’s eaten his beef jerky.
Oprah’s one non-negotiable demand, it turns out, is truffles. The billionaire media mogul asks hotels to make sure there’s a jar of truffle salt in the room before she arrives, and she has her assistants and security personnel carry jars at all times so that she’s never more than a few feet away from truffle backup. If there was a massive blizzard, and she was on lockdown, roughing it in a Park Hyatt for several months, she would have enough truffles to see her through the storm. She has even been known to breeze into restaurants with entire fresh white truffles (which can cost between $200 and $1000 a piece) and ask the chef to shave them onto her meal.
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