The 1 Luxury Food Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck Refuses to Eat
Contrary to popular belief, famous chefs don’t spend their days eating nothing but caviar and foie gras. Even the biggest names in the food world have their occasional indulgences that could even include greasy fast food. It’s all about balance, right?
But almost all these famed food connoisseurs have at least one or two foods that they can’t stand for whatever reason. In the case of celebrity restauranteur Wolfgang Puck, there is one certain food that he can’t stand eating.
Wolfgang Puck is a legend in the food world
Austrian-born Puck became a household name beginning in 1982 when he opened the legendary Spago restaurant in Los Angeles. He had originally moved to the United States in 1973 when he was 24 to become a chef and part owner at another restaurant, Ma Maison.
In 1981, Puck published Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen, a cookbook of his most popular Ma Maison recipes. His restaurant Spago became one of the top 40 restaurants in the United States and has been every year since 2004.
The popularity helped spur Puck’s food empire, including premium catering services, merchandise, and dozens more restaurants bearing his name.
Puck won’t eat fatty meat
Though he’s Austrian by birth, Puck is known for his unique cooking style that combines classic French techniques with Californian and Asian influences. He demands the freshest and finest ingredients in any dish he prepares or that’s put on the menu at his multiple restaurants.
But there’s one upscale food item that Puck just won’t touch. “The Japanese Wagyu is really fatty and you’re not meant to eat a lot of it,” he told The Telegraph in an interview. “I wouldn’t eat steak like that… because of the fat.”
Wagyu beef is highly prized in certain circles
Not all meat is created equally and Wagyu beef is undoubtedly the most highly coveted out of all the options. Wagyu, pronounced “wag-you,” comes from Japanese cows that are treated in a very special way.
Wagyu beef is known for having higher levels of intramuscular fat but the meat texture is also finer, which results in a more flavorful cut of meat.
This super beef is best known for its marbled appearance and a tender consistency that supposedly melts in your mouth. But despite its worldwide appeal, Wolfgang Puck is not interested in eating it.
He also avoids peanut butter
Fatty beef isn’t the only food Puck avoids — he also steers clear of a classic pantry staple. “I like to eat almost anything. Except peanut butter,” he said during an interview.
But just because he’ll eat anything, it doesn’t mean he likes everything. “Mostly what I like is, it has to be the best quality. I don’t care if it’s a tomato salad, a pork chop or a fish, it has to be really fresh and have really good flavor. That’s a must for me.”
The world-renowned chef went on to explain that paying more for good quality is often worth it.
“I don’t look at the price,” he explained. “I have a farmer who has the best haricots verts, extra small, and he charges me $13 a pound. I don’t care…I’d rather have one great, green bean salad.”