If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the life of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, Disney has a brand new documentary just for you. This documentary goes right back to Wolfgang’s troubled childhood in Austria, where he was born and raised. Here he got his first job in a kitchen peeling potatoes and rarely looked back.
Through interviews, clips, home video and from photographs, we get to see who Wolfgang is, how he got started in his career, how he rose through the ranks, until he got his own restaurant, in addition to giving details about how he became one of the first celebrity chefs and had many of the biggest stars in the world enjoying his cuisine.
But all of this success didn’t come easy and as you would expect, required sacrifice and also meant that his personal life struggled to keep up.
His upbringing wasn’t easy, both his father and step-father tried to hold him back, which ultimately resulted in Wolfgang running away from his family to France. Hearing his reflection on those early years and catching up with his family isn’t easy viewing, as if it wasn’t for this documentary, I’m not sure he would have gone back home. This certainly is a contrast to his Hollywood lifestyle.
Most people are probably interested in this documentary to hear about his rise as one of the first celebrity chefs, which I’m gonna be totally honest, other than seeing his restaurant at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World, I wasn’t really aware of who he was, since he’s not had much presence on British television and well, the UK has hundreds of celebrity chefs of their own to appear on cookery shows and daytime TV.
That behind said, for me, this was a great introduction to who he is and why he is so important to the culinary world. He greatly influenced a change in how restaurants operate, what food they serve and also celebrity chefs have become such as powerful influencer. Without Wolfgang, we might never have had other celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay.
As someone who has previously owned a cafe, I found huge parts of this documentary to be of interest, especially the business side and how he built up his empire. I’m a sucker for watching any documentary about businesses and how they run, so I did enjoy this documentary, especially since it comes in at just under 80 minutes, so it’s not too stretched out and hits the main points pretty well.
Wolfgang comes across as a nice guy, with loads of charisma, plus an incredible talent for cooking and running restaurants. I especially enjoyed the fact they did go into some of the problems he faced, since has getting divorced and spreading himself too thin. He was always worried he was going to have to go back to peeling potatoes and so he had such determination and didn’t lose that as he got older.
“Wolfgang” is a very well made documentary that I’d easily suggest to anyone who is interested in knowing more about him or just is interesting in running a restaurant. It’s not for everyone, but it’s a great biographical documentary, though as you might expect, generally focuses on the positives, which usually aren’t as interesting as the negative situations in someone life.
Overall, “Wolfgang” is a great addition to the Disney+ library and hopefully, we will see more of these type of documentaries heading to Disney+ soon.
Rating 4 out of 5.
“Wolfgang” is coming to Disney+ on Friday 25th June.