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Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Johannes Puck (born Wolfgang Johannes Topfschnig; July 8, 1949) is an Austrian celebrity chef, restaurateur, businessman and occasional actor. Wolfgang Puck restaurants, catering services, cookbooks and licensed products are run by Wolfgang Puck Companies, with three divisions. He was born to Maria Worth and a butcher, who abandoned her before their child's birth. In 1956, Maria married Josef Puck, who adopted Puck. The marriage produced another son and two daughters. Puck learned cooking from his mother, who sometimes worked as a pastry chef. He trained as an apprentice under Raymond Thuilier at L'Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence, at Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and at Maxim's Paris before moving to the United States in 1973 at age 24. After two years at La Tour in Indianapolis, Puck moved to Los Angeles to become chef and part owner at Ma Maison restaurant. Following the 1981 publication of his first cookbook, Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen based on his Ma Maison recipes, Puck and Barbara Lazaroff opened the restaurant Spago on the Sunset Strip in 1982. Fifteen years later, in 1997, Puck and Lazaroff opened the award-winning Spago in Beverly

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What the Puck Is Jumping the Shark?

What the Puck Is Jumping the Shark?

By adding portraits of Heidi & Spencer to the A-list covered walls of CUT restaurant in Bev Hills, Wolfgang Puck definitely "jumped the shark" this weekend. Just don't try asking him what that… READ MORE >

Why Won't Puck and Public Health Reveal Famous Hosts?

Why Won't Puck and Public Health Reveal Famous Hosts?

Why is everybody concerned about not revealing the hosts of the parties catered by Wolfgang Puck's catering company, which exposed hundreds of guests to the Hepatitis A virus? Wolfgang Puck's… READ MORE >

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The Clock Is Ticking -- Tick Tick Tick

The Clock Is Ticking -- Tick Tick Tick

The hepatitis scare triggered by an employee working for Wolfgang Puck's catering service is shrouded in mystery.Puck catered 14 events between February 1 and February 20, at which an employee was… READ MORE >

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