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A Story Of Immigration, Perseverance & Food: An Interview With Wolfgang Puck & David Gelb

As a teenager in Austria, Wolfgang Puck harnessed his love of cooking to escape the harsh rule of his stepfather. A local apprenticeship forged his path to train at a revered French restaurant before landing in America at age 24. In ’70s Hollywood, Puck began working at Ma Maison, crafting an original menu around fresh ingredients, making the once-tacky eatery a popular, acclaimed darling. Still, the lack of acknowledgment from Ma Maison’s owner pushed Puck to take the biggest risk of his career and open his first restaurant, Spago, an instant hit where famous clientele dote equally on Puck’s new American cuisine and personality.
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David Gelb never intended to make documentaries. In fact, the filmmaker behind the Netflix docuseries Chef’s Table and the iconic Jiro Dreams of Sushi originally wanted to make big-budget movies. Which is why, as he revealed to me in a recent interview about his new documentary film Wolfgang, he worked as a production assistant on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. But while Gelb hasn’t yet made the leap to blockbusters, he brought the high production value and cinematic style of those kinds of films to the documentary medium, turning episodes of Chef’s Table into works of art all their own.
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From watching Jiro Dreams of Sushi to the newly released Wolfgang Documentary on Disney+, director David Gelb is not just an expert at creating food visuals that captivate the audience’s eyes. At the heart of each story is the chef, the person who transforms humble ingredients into a masterpiece, who sees inspiration when others see a void, and who is willing to peel back the layers and reveal the nuance that creates a chef into visionary.
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As a teenager in Austria, Wolfgang Puck harnessed his love of cooking to escape the harsh rule of his stepfather. His focus and drive propelled him to become one of the top-acclaimed chefs in the world. The upcoming Disney + documentary WOLFGANG highlights his journey. It will be released June...
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