Wolfgang Puck did that thing about which many chefs dream. He created a culinary empire. The Austrian-born chef began cooking when he was a child, helping his mother out in the kitchen. As a young adult, he moved to France to train as an apprentice under Raymond Thuilier at L'Oustau de Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence. He then moved on to the Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and Maxim's Paris. He moved again in the early 70's, settling in the US. He began his US culinary career at La Tour in Indianapolis, Indiana, and then moved on to Ma Maison in Los Angeles. At Ma Maison, he began to build a widespread reputation for excellence, and the 1981 publication of his cookbook, "Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen" catapulted him to national fame. A year later, he opened his first Spago on the Sunset Strip. From there, he went on to open a second location, and then launched the Wolfgang Puck Companies. The various entities under this umbrella include the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc. and Wolfgang Puck Catering. He controls a vast empire of successful restaurants, catering companies, cookbooks, kitchen implements, and packaged foods. He has won a dizzying array of culinary honors, and is the official caterer for the Oscars. He has appeared on talk shows, television series, and on various reality competition shows. He also had his own show on The Food Network. His massive success has allowed him to live quite comfortably. This month he chose to up the comfort level a bit, by purchasing a new house.
Wolfgang Puck's house is an eight bedroom villa nestled in Bel Air. The building was previously owned by the famed Priztker family. In addition to the eight bedrooms, Wolfgang Puck's house features a massive living room with a fifteen foot ceiling, a limestone foyer, a media room, a double height library, and a large kitchen. Outside of Wolfgang Puck's house, there is a 3,500 square foot garden, a tennis court, an outdoor dining area, and a pool. He purchased the stunning property for $14 million. The little boy from Austria, who helped his mother in the kitchen, did mighty well for himself.