Days after admitting defeat in a widely publicized challenge to subsist on a $29 a week food stamp budget, actress Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at an $80 a plate barbeque restaurant in Los Angeles with her celebrity friends, according to the National Monitor.
Paltrow was reportedly dining at Animal, a trendy meat-focused restaurant with boyfriend Brad Falchuk, actor Jon Favreau and Jimmy Kimmel, and David and Victoria Beckham.
The challenge – which she accepted from celebrity chef Mario Batali – was expected to last one week. But actress broke down after four days, succumbing to a craving for chicken, veggies, and licorice, according to Paltrow's post in her lifestyle blog, GOOP.
"As I suspected, we only made it through about four days, when I personally broke and had some chicken and fresh vegetables (and in full transparency, half a bag of black licorice)," she said in the post.
"My perspective has been forever altered by how difficult it was to eat wholesome, nutritious food on that budget, even for just a few days—a challenge that 47 million Americans face every day, week, and year," she added.
Paltrow – who reportedly boasts a net worth of some $140 million – said she accepted the challenge to shed light on the plight of millions of Americans who struggle financially, tweeting that she was "walking in their shoes to see how far [her family will] get."