CO, USA – March 26, 2013 – Culinary Hall of Fame, LLC announced today
that Chef Wolfgang Puck has been inducted into the Culinary Hall of
About Wolfgang Puck:
Austrian born Wolfgang Johannes Topfschnig began cooking
at his mother's side as a child. His mother married Josef Puck who then
adopted Wolfgang. His formal training began at the age of 14 peeling
potatoes in the kitchen of a local hotel. A few years later, Puck traveled
to France and blossomed under his mentor and idol Raymond Thuillier, chef
and owner of the Michelin 3-starred L'Oustau de Baumanière in Provence,
France. He noted Chef Thuillier's style to mingle in the dinning room to
greet his guests. This lesson on hospitality was not lost on Puck.
At the age of 24, Wolfgang Puck left Europe for the
United States. A few years later, he arrived in Hollywood where his
dynamic personality and culinary brilliance made him an instant magnet for
the rich and famous. Wearing impeccable chef's whites, Puck rubbed elbows
in the dinning room with the Hollywood elite and in due course became the
star attraction himself.
When Wolfgang Puck talks with countryman Arnold
Schwarzenegger, it' is a “Look at that” and “I'll be back” event
in a similar sounding Germanic drawl. Österreicher Deutsch, a dialect of
German is their top “secret” language.
Awards and honors given to Wolfgang Puck include the two
James Beard awards, multiple Michelin stars and a Daytime Emmy Award for
an outstanding service show.
Wolfgang Puck's enterprises includes around 100
restaurants and is estimated to employ 5,000 and generate $400 million in
sales annually. Forbes included Puck in their 2007 celebrity 100 list.
He grew up poor in Austria. That was another lesson not
lost on Puck. Wolfgang is actively involved in many charitable
organizations, including his own Wolfgang Puck-Barbara Lazaroff Charitable
Foundation. Each year since 1983 the foundation hosts the annual American
Wine & Food Festival, which has benefited the Meals-on-Wheels programs
of Los Angeles and has raised more than $13 million over the past two
For more information: http://www.wolfgangpuck.com/