Late Friday morning, we meet Wolfgang Puck and his assistant Maggie at the famous Spago restaurant to plot out our plans for the next few days of taping. In the background the kitchen staff is prepping for the busy lunch schedule.
Wolfgang has many good ideas that we add to our already packed schedule including a trip to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) because he loves modern art and also the possibility of a L.A. Dodgers game. After our planning meeting, Darren and I step out into the sun onto Rodeo Drive to tape shoppers. When we get back to the restaurant, Wolfgang is in his signature white chef's jacket and instructing his sous-chefs.
We take a camera back into the kitchen. Wolfgang comes alive. You can tell this is his passion. He tells us about his famous salmon pizza that now is copied in restaurants in the south of France. We take a tour with him through the kitchen to see the produce, the salmon they smoke at the restaurant and the heirloom tomatoes. He stops and samples the in-season figs. Watch Wolfgang Puck take CNN on a tour of L.A.
We watch his staff slice vegetables, make gnocchi and maneuver past each other without spilling. Wolfgang stands in the open kitchen and patrons bring in their friends to be introduced. You can tell he enjoys the social side of the business as much as the cooking. While we're taping the lunch setting, Maggie is upstairs making phone calls and setting up a visit for us to LACMA and to meet with the director Michael Govan.
Terry, our driver, is waiting and we all jump in the van and drive over to LACMA. Govan agreed to meet with us because he and Wolfgang are friends, but we have a little time to wait as Govan is giving a tour to Tobey McGuire and trying to squeeze us in before a dinner engagement he has already planned. See pictures of Wolfgang Puck's Los Angeles Read full article »