Disney+ has announced the premier of feature biography documentary, "Wolfgang" on Friday, 25th June. “I am not one to dwell on the past, but the way David Gelb told this story made me realize how far I have come from my humble beginnings,” said Wolfgang Puck. “In a single phrase, we call it the American dream.”
Its worldwide streaming premier follows its world screening presentation at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, 12th June. The film is produced by Supper Club, with David Gelb serving as director and producer, Brian McGinn is producer and screenwriter, and Jason Sterman is the producer.
The documentary film chronicles the inspiring true story of Wolfgang Puck, a man who survived a troubled childhood filled with a series of challenges, but later made his way to becoming a successful chef with a newly invented American cuisine. 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 training 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.
Puck now owns more than 100 restaurants worldwide, holds two Michelin stars, is the only two-time recipient of the James Beard Outstanding Chef Award, and has been the official caterer for the Academy Awards for over two decades. Throughout the course of his career, he has produced numerous cookbooks and cookware merchandise. “Wolfgang stepped into the spotlight in a way no chef ever had before,” said David Gelb, director. “In doing so, he showed that a chef could be a storyteller, a teacher, and a friend. This is the tradition of Wolfgang Puck, and it has been a profound honor to tell his story."
I am not one to dwell on the past, but the way David Gelb told this story made me realize how far I have come from my humble beginnings. In a single phrase, we call it the American dream.” Wolfgang Puck