Dine Like the Stars: 8 Iconic Oscars Dishes to Make at Home
When Wolfgang Puck threw his first Academy Awards afterparty in 1983, he rescued the Oscars and Los Angeles from a bland, boring culinary existence. In the pre-Puck 1980s, the LA food scene hit an all-time low as celebrities shunned cheese, red meat, sugar, and alcohol. Hollywood considered Diet Coke the It drink. Celebs maintained their figures with dismal offerings like lightly dressed endive and asparagus salad, steamed vegetables, and baked potatoes.
In 1994, the Academy asked Wolfgang to cater the official Governors Ball, the elaborate feast that celebrities attend after the Oscars. The chef reintroduced rich comfort foods to the scene, including his signature mini Kobe beef burgers, smoked salmon Oscars, and chicken pot pie with black truffles. Twenty-one years later, and the chef continues to dazzle and delight the palates of A-listers with his classics. Though we may never step inside the Governors Ball, we can dine like the stars! Read on to find out how to re-create these eight signature dishes at home.