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  • Truffles are just such an elusive, mysterious ingredient.

  • These are the Spanish winter black truffles, they're fromrigord.

  • They just have this alluring, earthiness quality that I've never tasted before.

  • They kept me totally obsessed with them for almost 10 years now.

  • My name is Ian Purkayastha, and I procure hard to find ingredients from around the world, mainly fresh truffles.

  • I'm a dealer of sorts; I deal truffles out of my car.

  • It definitely has this underground element.

  • When I was younger, people used to call me the Truffle Boy.

  • I started when I was 15, and I'm now 24.

  • I'm constantly on the hunt for identifying the most desirable regions that produce the very best truffles.

  • -They smell really nice. Where are these guys from? -Spain.

  • They've never been successfully cultivated on a commercial scale.

  • And they grow underground; and they're obviously extremely rare and hard to find; that's why they're worth their weight in gold.

  • As soon as the truffle is found, the clock is constantly ticking, because there's only a seven-day shelf life.

  • They're 98 percent water; every single day that a truffle is unused, it's evaporating.

  • I still get excited every time I get a new truffle shipment in.

  • They are sent from Europe to JFK, where they're cleared by FDA, USDA, Homeland Security and Customs.

  • I sort them, I go through every single truffle, looking for imperfections, and then I, basically hop in the car with a box full of truffles.

  • Alright.

  • And sell to 90% of the fine dinning restaurants in New York.

  • Everyone from, David Chang to Sean Brock, to Eleven Madison Park, Le Bernardin, a variety of Michelin stared restaurants.

  • During truffle season we import around $200,000 worth of truffles a week.

  • A small amount of truffles could be anywhere from five to 15,000.

  • We're dealing with quite a lot of valuable product.

  • I'm doing something that I love, it doesn't even feel like work anymore.

  • My warehouse smells like truffles, my car smells like truffles, my apartment.

  • It's like I can't escape truffle, it's like they're smothering me, which is a great problem to have, I guess.

Truffles are just such an elusive, mysterious ingredient.

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