Wolfgang Puck is one of the world’s richest chefs, whose mother taught him cooking, and then he went into training at several restaurants. Let’s find out more about how much is Wolfgang Puck’s net worth in 2018.
Wolfgang Puck Early Life
Wolfgang Johannes Topfschnig was born on July 8, 1949 in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria. His father and his mother Maria Topfschnig either separated or got divorced, and his mother married Josef Puck then Wolfgang changed his last name from Topfschnig to Puck. Wolfgang Puck’s mother, Maria Topfschnig worked sometimes as a pastry chef and she was the first one who taught him cooking.
Wolfgang Puck was trained at several restaurants including Hotel de Paris, L’Oustau de Baumanière, and a restaurant called Maxim’s.
Wolfgang Puck was first married to Marie France Trouillot from 1975-1980. His second marriage was to the producer Barbara Lazaroff from 1983-2003. Wolfgang and Barbara are the parents of 2 sons, Cameron Puck and Byron Puck.
Wolfgang Puck married the designer Gelila Assefa in 2007. Wolfgang and Gelila gave birth to 2 sons, Oliver Wolfgang Puck and Alexander Wolfgang Puck.
Wolfgang Puck Career, Awards & Achievement
Wolfgang Puck moved to the United States in 1973, soon after he finished all of the training. He worked for 2 years at a restaurant in Indianapolis called “La Tour”. Then, Wolfgang Puck moved to Los Angeles where he worked at a restaurant called “Ma Maison” which he also was a part owner of.
Wolfgang Puck published his first book ever in 1981 titled “Wolfgang Puck’s Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen: Recipes Form the James Beard Award-Winning Chef-Owner of Spago”. Then, he and his ex-wife Barbara Lazaroff opened a restaurant on the sunset strip in West Hollywood calling it “Spago”. However, they moved the first “Spago” restaurant in 1997 from its location to Beverly Hills.
Wolfgang Puck has opened several companies including Wolfgang Puck Catering, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc., and Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. His companies has been working with several restaurants and hotels.
Furthermore, Wolfgang Puck has appeared in several movies and series. The movies that he appeared in including a romantic comedy movie titled “Just Desserts”, documentary “Food Fight”, and he did voice acting for the animated comedy “The Smurfs”. Wolfgang Puck’s series appearances including the crime drama “Las Vegas”, drama “90210”, and others.
Awards & Achievements
Wolfgang Puck has been receiving several great awards and honors for his work and for his restaurants. Below, you will find a list of a few of Wolfgang Puck’s awards and honors.
– James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Chef.
– James Beard Award for Humanitarian of the Year (1994).
– James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant (Spago Beverly Hills).
– James Beard Award for Outstanding Service (Spago Beverly Hills).
– James Beard Award for Lifetime Achievement.
– 2017 Star on the Walk of Fame.
– 2017 IFMA Silver Plate Winner.
– 2017 IFMA Gold Plate Winner
Net Worth of Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck has an estimated net worth of more than $80 million. He made his fortune from being a chef, from the companies he has, and from the restaurant “Spago” which has branches across the whole world. Wolfgang Puck also earns some money from the books that he authors and co-authors, and his last published book was with Chad Waterbury titled “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, Delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life”.
Wolfgang Puck is one of the richest chefs in the whole world. He started opening restaurants soon after he worked for a couple of years at a restaurant in Indianapolis. Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant “Spago” now has branches across the world. Wolfgang Puck is married to Gelila Assefa, they gave birth to 2 children and they are happily living together.