The Life of Wolfgang Johannes Puck

By Jareb de la Fuente

Origin of Nativity

Wolfgang was born in the secluded town known as Sankt Veit an der Glan of Austria on July 8, 1949. He grew up in the same town until he migrated to France.

Admiration of Food

It began when he was living in Austria, when he found interest in the culinary arts seeing his mother work as a pastry chef. He cooked along his mother throughout his childhood.
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The becoming of a Chef

  1. After dropping out of high school at the age of 14, he decided to go to France to further his career in becoming a chef. He traveled around until he finally settled at a hotel. Later on, at the age of 18, Ramond Thuilier hired him. According to Wolfgang, he was the reason why he became successful.

Training

He trained under Raymond Thuilier at L'Ousteau de Baumaniere in Les Baux-de-Provence and the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. He did not go to any school nor to any universities.
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Businesses

He took advice from a local friend and moved to the States at age 24. The first job he acquired was at a place called La Tour in Indianapolis from 1973-75. He opened his first restaurant in 1982, name Spago, which specialized in pizza.

Then, a year later he opened up another one that had a french/chinese theme called Chinois. His next business did not open until 1989, when he created Postrio, an italian restaurant.

Today, he owns a vast amount of restaurants and bistros that range from New York to Maui. He has three different entities. Wolf Gang Puck Fine Dining Group, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc., and Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Awards

  • 1994 - James Beard Award for Humanitarian of the Year
  • 1994 - James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant, Spago Hollywood
  • 2002 - Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show, Wolfgang Puck
  • 2012 - James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement.
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Media Entertainment

He voiced the character Chef in the movie Smurfs and has been in numerous shows, usually playing a chef. He even had a role in an episode in Tales from the Crypt.

Facts

His dad left his family when he was a child.

He is 5'5.

His signature dish is House Smoked Salmon Pizza.

His favorite food is macarons.

He has had three wives, and three children.

His cooking style in California, French, and Fusion.

He loves to play tennis despite his age.

He lives in greatest country on earth.