When we talk about basic human needs, regardless of which part of the world you’re in, it would always boil down to the three essentials: food, clothing, and shelter. But then again, when your star is shining brightly in Hollywood, even basic can blow every other regular joe’s mind. Indeed, some celebrities are known to go overboard when it comes to food.Celebrities have always been known to take things a notch higher when it comes to their spending, and these stars have caught our eye in particular for the extravagant ways that they have been racking up food bills.

At the peak of his career, Justin Bieber was constantly doing tours around the world, which for a teenager, surely worked up a pretty big appetite. All credit goes to his enormous entourage who followed him to every hotel and midnight drive-through. The Biebster was reported to have spent an eye-popping $10,000 on Chinese takeout alone. Thank goodness he did not eat himself into a food coma!

Other musicians notorious for spending boatloads of cash in restaurants are Britney Spears, who is said to have a budget of $5,000 per month for dining out purposes, and Kanye West, who was once seen shopping with his wife, Kim Kardashian, and baby North for skittles and lollipops that reportedly cost a total of $200. I imagine they have a sweet life indeed!

Spending these insane amounts is not just a matter of quantity, but quality as well. The way to the top comes with various upgrades to the palette which translates to extra Food Budgetzeroes in every meal. Mariah Carey, for example, was said to eat capers and pink Norweigan Salmon three times a day, every single day for a period of time as an investment in her physique — it cost her $11,000 per year. If this wasn’t excessive enough, Mariah is also a well-known patron of Craig’s restaurant on the west end of Hollywood where a single dinner costs roughly $1,500 per night. Another example of going to extreme lengths to satiate an expensive taste is Beyonce Knowles, who sets aside $7,500 per month so a live-in chef can prepare all her meals to the specifications of her dietician, whom she pays roughly $4,000 per month depending on the kind of diet she’s doing.

Celebrity athletes are well-known to eat up a storm given their demanding frames. Shaquille O’Neal, who stands at a towering seven feet and a few inches, understandably has bigger needs than the average person. The retired NBA center and now basketball analyst used to spend an average of $12,775 on his monthly food bills according to court filings from a recent divorce. And though this might seem lavish enough for the average American, boxing legend Mike Tyson ups the ante to a certain degree by reportedly blowing $200,000 a year for the food of his pets alone! It would probably be worth mentioning that Tyson had three Bengal tigers under his care during that time who needed raw steak and live chicken on their daily menu.

Not all celebrities spend their fortune on food binging. Some of them, like Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, give more than the regular service tip. He reportedly left a $20,000 tip on top of a $110,000 party for his basketball team. Talk about hefty generosity!

These celebrities’ lavish lifestyles just leave us all in awe. With the hard work that they put into their craft, they are free to max out all their credit cards on food and other luxuries.