Wolfgang Puck


In this episode Justine interviews the legend that is Wolfgang Puck as he shares about his 29 years of catering the Oscars and so much more. Wolfgang Puck is a name that is synonymous with the best of restaurant hospitality and the ultimate in all aspects of the culinary arts. The famed 2-Michelin star chef has built a brand encompassing three companies. Puck is also more widely known of late as the official chef catering for the Governors Ball, the Academy Award’s post-Oscars celebration, for over 20 years.

Puck began cooking as a child, at his mother’s side. She was a chef in the Austrian town where he was born, and with her encouragement, Wolfgang started his formal training at fourteen years of age. As a young chef he worked in some of France’s greatest restaurants, including Maxim’s in Paris, the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and the Michelin 3-starred L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence.

In 1975, Wolfgang went to Los Angeles and very quickly garnered the attention of the Hollywood elite as chef of Ma Maison in West Hollywood. His dynamic personality and culinary brilliance that bridged tradition and invention made Ma Maison a magnet for the rich and famous, with Wolfgang as the star attraction.

From Ma Maison, Wolfgang went on to create his first flagship restaurant, Spago, originally located in West Hollywood on the Sunset Strip. From its opening day in 1982, Spago was an instant success and culinary phenomenon. His early signature dishes, such as haute cuisine pizzas topped with smoked salmon and caviar, and Sonoma baby lamb with braised greens and rosemary, put him and Spago on the gourmet map, not just in Los Angeles but throughout the world. Puck has gone on to open a cult of hugely successful restaurants across the globe and in September 2011, Puck opened his first European venture, CUT in London at the new 45 Park Lane from The Dorchester Collection.

He is the only chef to have won the Outstanding Chef of the Year Award multiple times.

Instagram: @wolfgangpuck and @45parklane and @spagobh

Website: CUT, London and Wolfgang Puck

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