Wolfgang Puck Net Worth 2022: How Rich Is The Celebrity Chef?
Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is the owner of a massive culinary empire that boasts 20 international restaurants, a wealth of cookbooks, kitchen products and a top-notch catering service. He also makes various appearances on TV shows. As of 2022, Wolfgang Puck has a net worth of $120 million.
Originally from Sankt Veit an der Glan in Austria, Puck was born on July 8, 1949. His real name is Wolfgang Johannes Topfschnig. When his parents divorced and his mother, Maria, remarried, he adopted Puck as his surname.
Along with this, he was also brought up with three half-siblings. Because his mother is a pastry chef, Wolfgang learned to cook from an early age. At age 14, he began his formal training.
A chef named Raymond Thuillier took him on as an apprentice. They served together in various European restaurants, including the Hotel de Paris, Maxim’s Paris and L’Oustau de Baumanière.
At the age of 24, the Austrian chef decides to leave his homeland and go to America. He moved to Indianapolis to work at a restaurant called La Tour in 1973. Two years later, he was hired as a chef at Ma Maison in West Hollywood.
There he displayed his lively personality and culinary genius which made him a household name among affluent individuals. This made Ma Maison an attraction for the elite, and Wolfgang became a leading figure in the rise of California cuisine in the 1970s.
This helped his first cookbook, Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen, become an instant hit when it was published in 1981. The following year, Puck opened his first restaurant, Spago.
Wolfgang went on to establish myriad restaurants in Los Angeles and other parts of the world. All of its outlets are owned by the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. His efforts were rewarded with two Michelin stars.
In 1998, the restaurateur launched Wolfgang Puck Catering. Through this, he has served renowned media personalities, national presidents and members of royalty. He also had the honor of catering the Oscars Celebrity Banquet for 20 consecutive years.
His reputation has made him an occasional guest on shows like Top Chef, MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen. The Food Network also gave him his own cooking show. In 2021, Disney produced a documentary about him called “Wolfgang”.
Net worth and earnings
In addition to its restaurant and restaurant business, Puck’s culinary empire includes book publishing, packaged food and merchandising. All of these businesses are overseen by its holding company, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc.
He also earns extra through his multiple media appearances. This helped him reach a net worth of $120 million, a figure that makes him one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world.
In 1975, Wolfgang married Marie France Trouillot, but their marriage only lasted five years. In 1983, he married Barbara Lazaroff. They had two sons named Byron and Cameron. They divorced in 2003.
He made Gelila Assefa his wife in 2007. Together they bought a $14 million estate in Los Angeles, which they named Villa Les Violettes. There they raised two boys, Oliver and Alexander.