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‘Wolfgang’: Documenting ‘the best documented chef in history’


Wolfgang Puck was making the rounds in the front of his restaurant, mingling with diners — celebrity and otherwise — shaking hands and offering menu recommendations. Just another day at Spago Beverly Hills. But for one starstruck 14-year-old boy, the brief interaction almost 25 years ago was life-changing.

Over the years, their paths crossed several times. The chef went on to build a culinary empire, and the boy became a filmmaker best known for the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi.” A few years ago, the now-37-year-old David Gelb approached Puck about making a film about his life. The result, “Wolfgang,” premiered June 12 at the Tribeca Film Festival and debuts on Disney+ on June 25.

The biodoc traces Puck’s life from his…

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