Snapshot: Haute cuisine

Ten Australians raised £25,000 for the British Lung Foundation in their effort to enter the Guinness Book of Records for the highest altitude formal dinner. The members of the expedition carried tables, chairs, silver cutlery and a candelabra up to Lhakpa Ri in Tibet.

They stopped near the top at 6,805m to dress up in white ties and top hats and eat a five-course meal, beating the current record by almost 100 metres and two courses. The money raised will go to research into sarcoidosis, a rare and little-understood lung disease. Henry Shelford, team leader and someone who has been affected by the disease, said: "I feel very lucky that I was able to be cured, and raising money here is my way of saying thank you." The new record has not been established yet, but the team is confident they followed the full rules of the book of records.

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