Wolfgang Puck is a celebrity chef and restaurateur best known for his chain of self-named restaurants, as well as his line of officially licensed cooking products, such as cook books, appliances and pre-packaged food. Puck has also made several television and movie appearances, both as himself and as other characters.
Born as Wolfgang Johannes Topfsching on July 8, 1949 in Kankt Veit an der Glan, Austria, Puck learned to cook at a young age by spending time with mother, a part-time pastry chef. After deciding to pursue a career in the culinary arts, Puck obtained an apprenticeship under Raymond Thuiler at several high-class restaurants, such as Hotel de Paris in Monaco and L'Oustau de Baumaniere in Les Baux-de-Provence. In 1973, at the age of 24, Puck moved to the United States where he spent two years working at the Indianapolis, Indiana, restaurant La Tour. In 1975 Puck moved to Los Angeles, California, where he became a chef at and part owner of Ma Masison.
Puck published his first cookbook in 1981, titled "Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen," which was comprised primarily of recipes he developed while working at Ma Maison. In the following years, Puck opened several other restaurants and launched a full line of cooking products.