Hollywood star Tom Cruise has spent $18,000 (GBP10,000) flying his three favourite Italian chefs half-way across the world to cook at his birthday party.

The WAR OF THE WORLDS star celebrated his 43rd birthday last week (begs04JUL05) on a yacht in the Dutch Antilles isles off Venezuela, South America, with friends and family - including new fiancee Katie Holmes.

For his birthday meal, the actor booked three chefs from his favourite restaurant Dal Bolognese in Rome, Italy, to fly out and serve an exclusive three-course meal of tagliatelle ragu, veal Milanese and chocolate tiramisu.

12/07/2005 01:35