Review: Wolfgang (Tribeca 2021)

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A mesmerizing look at the true pioneer of the celebrity chef, Wolfgang is an upbeat, laser-focused look at Wolfgang Puck’s rise to fame and impact on American cuisine.

David Gelb (Chef’s Table) has crafted an intimate portrait of one of the most famous chefs in the world in this documentary that begins with Puck revisiting his birthplace of Austria and charting his rise all of the way until today. Interviews with Puck and those closest to him, as well as other industry professionals, transports the viewer to the various time periods examined as the chef builds the foundation upon which his future career will flourish. As Puck learns to trust his instincts and not be afraid to take risks, his strong work ethic drives his success both in the kitchen and in front of the camera. Gelb leaves no stone unturned in this tight 78 minute film, taking time to dissect both the man in the kitchen and the man at home, which isn’t always pleasant. 

What results is an inspirational tale that may surprise many, especially when it comes to Puck’s self-doubt and inner conflict, common challenges faced by countless people. Analyzed with the help of Puck and told truly beautiful documentary filmmaking, Wolfgang is revealing, entertaining, and frankly a must-see. 

Rating: 5/5

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