Wolfgang Puck’s Best Quotes

Wolfgang Puck Quotes

Wolfgang Puck is a famous chef and restaurateur from was born in Austria and achieved fame and fortune in the United States. Wolfgang Johannes Puck was born on the 8th of July, 1949, in Austria. His biological father left his mother shortly before he was born, leaving his mom alone to raise him.

At the age of 24, Puck moved to the United States. In 1973, Puck moved to Los Angeles, opening his first restaurant, Spago, in 1982. Today, he is considered to be one of the greatest chefs of all time and he has built an amazing restaurant empire and also cookbooks and food products available in stores. He has reached a level of fame and success that only a few chefs have. He is also quite a character and has said many funny, interesting and thought-provoking things.

Wolfgang Puck’s Best Quotes

Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors – it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.” – Wolfgang Puck

“For me, cooking is an expression of the land where you are and the culture of that place.” – Wolfgang Puck

“A chef is a mixture maybe of artistry and craft. You have to learn the craft really to get there.” – Wolfgang Puck

“When you have made as many mistakes as I have, then you can be as good as me.” – Wolfgang Puck

“For me, I don’t expect to have a really amazing meal each time I dine out. Having a good meal with your loved ones – that’s what makes the experience.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Only you can judge your life. You have to live up to your own expectations.” – Wolfgang Puck

“One thing I always say is being a great chef today is not enough – you have to be a great businessman.” – Wolfgang Puck

“When you meet someone, ask about what hobby they have, not what they do. People always ask me about cooking, but I prefer to talk about tennis or boxing.”- Wolfgang Puck

“What I don’t like is breakfast in the morning. I have a double-espresso cappuccino, but no food.” – Wolfgang Puck

“There is no value with just one restaurant or with one person. The brand has to be bigger than the person.

“New Yorkers think they have everything, all the best art and music. But really L.A. is a better place.” – Wolfgang Puck

“You see fewer and fewer chefs who are really big – most stay in shape.” – Wolfgang Puck

“The only way to teach people how to truly do it and do it the right way, is to get those ingredients and kitchen tools in front of them and in their hands to use.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Thirty-five years ago, being a cook was the same as being a used-car salesman.” – Wolfgang Puck

“You can eat an omelet at midnight, at lunchtime, all day long. It’s perfect for every occasion.” – Wolfgang Puck

“The food could taste amazing; however, if you present a plate of misfortunate looking food… you would really question yourself about whether or not you should eat it.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Prep things in advance so that you don’t have to cook everything at the last moment.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Restaurants are like having children: its fun to make them, maybe, but then you have them for good and bad. You are going to have to raise them and if something goes wrong when they are 30 years old, they will still be your little boy.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Acting is a very artistic profession and there are thousands of people out there who think they are actors but there are very few who have real talent.

“A lot of restaurants serve good food, but they don’t have very good service.” – Wolfgang Puck

“I like to be firm. But it is easier to be nice than to be nasty.” – Wolfgang Puck

If you’re cooking for a woman, make a good risotto and a salad. If you don’t have time to make desert you can go and buy some macaroons to have afterwards.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Italian food is all about ingredients and it’s not fussy and it’s not fancy.” – Wolfgang Puck

“I tell everybody the same thing: You have to make every dish so when you taste it, you should remember it when you go home.

“There’s a lot of processed food in America and I know that can make some tourists who’re used to fresh food feel sick.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Restaurants are like having children: it’s fun to make them, maybe, but then you have them for good and bad. You are going to have to raise them and if something goes wrong when they are 30 years old, they will still be your little boy.

“I grew up in Austria, and for me real comfort food is Wiener Schnitzel. Wiener Schnitzel and mashed potatoes because it reminds me of my youth… It reminds me when I grow up and it feels very comforting.” – Wolfgang Puck

“When I do a cooking class now, I tell people that the most important part is to read the recipe many times so you know what you’re doing. What I don’t tell them, though, is that sometimes I do parties where I’m rushing so much I don’t have time to follow my own advice.” – Wolfgang Puck

“I grew up so poor in Austria that we never took a vacation with my family.” – Wolfgang Puck

“Everybody has to put purees underneath everything now. It’s like people think we need the steak, and then we need some baby food with it.” – Wolfgang Puck

“You know, I never really thought of myself as a ‘celebrity.’ One of the titles that I like least is ‘celebrity chef.” – Wolfgang Puck

“The most important thing for me is to really buy the best ingredient.” – Wolfgang Puck

“I left school when I was 14 to work in kitchens.” – Wolfgang Puck

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Summary

We hope  you enjoyed reading these Wolfgang Puck Quotes. The man is truly a LEGEND in the culinary world. Many consider him responsible for the creation of the “Celebrity Chef” – he was really the very first one!

Before his time, when you went to a restaurant, you did not usually know who the chef was. But Wolfgang really started to change that and ushered in the era of the famous celebrity chef.

Recently he was featured in a documentary aptly titled Wolfgang. It is a great documentary – I really enjoyed it and if you read this far, you should watch it. Here is the trailer.

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“Wolfgang Puck, Las Vegas” by Palazzo Las Vegas is licensed underCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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