Disney+ has announced a new documentary coming to the service about chef Wolfgang Puck, revealing his true-life story.
- Disney+ has announced Wolfgang, a documentary on the life of chef Wolfgang Puck, and his incredible story of surviving a troubled childhood and the challenges he faced.
- The documentary will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, June 12, before heading to Disney+ on Friday, June 25.
- The film is produced by Supper Club, who have also produced Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Chef’s Table, and Street Food.
- David Gelb serves as director and producer, Brian McGinn is producer and screenwriter, and Jason Sterman is producer.
- “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. Almost by accident, Puck created the concept of a “celebrity chef” with his decades-spanning television appearances, building a staggering global empire of restaurants, cafes and products for home cooks. But at home, frenetic professional demands disrupted his family life.”
What They’re Saying:
- Wolfgang Puck, Chef: “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.”
- David Gelb, Director: “Wolfgang stepped into the spotlight in a way no chef ever had before. 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.”