Wolfgang Puck makes everyone a winner at Oscar bash

Fri Mar 5, 2010 5:08pm EST
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By Richard Leong

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wolfgang Puck will arguably be busiest man in Hollywood once the best motion picture Oscar is handed out Sunday night in Hollywood.

The 60-year-old celebrity chef must ensure the expected 1,600 guests who attend the post-Oscar Governors Ball, given by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will be fed within 90 minutes.

"Most of them haven't eaten all day long because they had to go the hairdressers and (do) make-up," Puck said.

The Governors Ball is one of the premier Academy Award bashes where award winners and celebrities of various stripes kick off a night of revelry after the world's top film honors. All the nominees are expected to be there, from George Clooney and Sandra Bullock to Quentin Tarantino and Meryl Streep.

"There's not a bigger party than the Oscars here," Puck told Reuters in a phone interview.

And beyond the Governors Ball, Puck will juggle two more affairs the same night -- an AIDS fund-raiser for singer Elton John and a bash at his own flagship restaurant, Spago.

Still, Puck's first priority will be the Governors Ball, an event he has catered for the past 16 years.

To ensure everything runs smoothly, nearly 1,000 people including 300 chefs begin working around the clock starting Saturday, the Austrian-born chef said.   Continued...

<p>Chef Wolfgang Puck speaks at a preview of food to be served at the Governors Ball, during preparations for the 82nd Academy Awards in Hollywood March 4, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok</p>