Expert reveals 3 expensive restaurant foods that are often fake

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Whether you've eaten the lobster substitute at Red Lobster, or bought less-than-100% Parmesan cheese from Walmart, the fake food industry probably impacts your life. And, most likely, you didn't even notice it.

Larry Olmsted, author of 'Real Food/Fake Food', published an article in Eater on Thursday outlining some of the most common deceptions in the food service industry.

Here are three food that raise some of the biggest questions for the expert, as described in the article.

1. Kobe beef

The supplies of Kobe beef are so low that, according to Olmsted, more than 99% of supposed "Kobe beef" sold in the US is simply a lie. Since Kobe beef costs more than $20 an ounce, if you're purchasing something that isn't absurdly expensive that is supposedly made of Kobe beef, you're probably being scammed.

2. Red snapper

According to an expert involved in DNA species testing, 94% of the time you order fish labeled red snapper, it is actually a different fish. Olmsted says that New York sushi restaurant Sushi Nakazawa refuses to serve red snapper because the risk of fraud from suppliers is too high.

A rule of thumb: if the fish is expensive and you haven't seen it displayed whole, there's a good chance it's an imitation. And, even then, it's hard to differentiate between wild-caught and farmed fish.

3. Truffles

Real truffles are trendy, prized, and extremely rare. If it's not shaved in front of you, your truffle is likely simply a chemical combination — especially if it's marketed as "truffle oil."

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What: Krispy Kreme Luxe Doughnut

Where: Krispy Kreme, Selfridge's (Oxford Street location, London, United Kingdom)

How much: $1,450

Special features: Edible diamonds and 24-carat gold leaves, gold-dusted chocolate flower, served on top of a cocktail that features 500-year-old Courvoisier de L’Esprit Cognac and 2002 Dom Pérignon.

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What: Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence Dessert

Where: The Fortress Resort & Spa (Koggala, Sri Lanka)

How much: $14,500

Special features: Made with a gold leaf Italian cassata and Irish cream served over Dom Perignon alongside a hand-carved chocolate statue of a fisherman and an 80-karat aquamarine stone

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What: Chocolate Pudding

Where: Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel (Windermere, United Kingdom)

How much: $35,000

Special features: Infused with champagne jelly, covered in edible gold leaf, handcrafted edible flowers, caviar and a 2-karat white diamond

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What: Golden Opulence Sundae

Where: Serendipity 3 (New York, NY)

How much: $1,000

Special features: Wrapped in edible gold leaf and the extremely rare Venezuelan Chuao chocolate, served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet

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What: Three Twins Ice Cream "World's Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae"

Where: Three Twins Ice Cream (San Francisco, CA)

How much: $3,333.33

Special features: Covered in syrups made from a vintage port, a Chateau D’Yquem and a German Trockenbeerenauslese, served with a 19th Century collectors spoon.

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What: Strawberries Arnaud

Where: Arnaud's Restaurant (New Orleans, LA)

How much: $3,900,000

Special features: Strawberries marinated in vintage port, served with a 7.09-karat pink diamond

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What: Platinum Cake

Where: Custom made by pastry chef Nobue Ikara (Japan)

How much: $130,000

Special features: Frosted white cake draped in platinum necklaces, pendants, chains and edible platinum flakes

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What: Frrrozen Haute Chocolate

Where: Serendipity 3 (New York, NY)

How much: $25,000

Claim to fame: Infused with five grams of 24-karat gold, topped with a La Madeline au Truffle that's flowin in from France, served with an 18-karat gold bracelet bedazzled with 1-carat of white diamonds and a golden spoon

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What: Golden Phoenix Cupcake

Where: Bloomsburys Cupcakes (Dubai)

How much: $1,000

Special features: Served on a Villari 24-carat gold empire cake stand, covered in 23-carat edible gold sheets and edible gold dust

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What: Golden Cannoli

Where: Jasper's Restaurant (Kansas City, MO)

How much: $26,000

Special features: Edible gold leaf shell, served with a diamond necklace

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