Wolfgang Puck

Chef, Restaurateur

Los Angeles

Hailed as the king of California cuisine, Wolfgang Puck helms one of the most successful restaurant hospitality empires in the world. Born in Austria, Puck began his formal culinary training when he was 14 and then worked at some of France’s best restaurants before moving to the United States at the age of 24. In 1975, Puck began his Los Angeles career at Ma Maison and eventually opened his first restaurant, Spago, in 1982. Spago was enormously successful and garnered Puck three James Beard Awards while his signature California cuisine catapulted him to worldwide culinary stardom. Since then, he and his team have opened successful and critically acclaimed restaurants across the country and, most recently, at the new 45 Park Lane hotel in London and at the iconic, glamorous Hotel Bel-Air.