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.
Up until 2012, the Governors Ball was a formal, sit-down dinner. However, Wolfgang recognized that celebrities wanted to socialize and move around, so he restructured the event to include lavish buffets of bite-size dishes.
Spicy Tuna Tartare in a Sesame Miso Cone
Each year, Wolfgang serves up 3,500 miso cones filled with a spicy tuna tartare.
Get the recipe: Spicy Tuna Tartare in a Sesame Miso Cone
To make this easier at home, serve the tartare with ready-made chips or crackers.
Baked Macaroni and Cheese With Black Truffles
Chicken Pot Pie With Shaved Black Truffles
This might be the most decadent chicken pot pie ever. Wolfgang serves them up in miniramekins and garnishes them with freshly shaved black truffle.
Get the recipe: Chicken Pot Pie With Shaved Black Truffles
Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
Even the potatoes are gold at the Oscars! Wolfgang's team will wrap up 1,500 Yukon gold potatoes in gold foil — but here's the best part: the toppings are crème fraiche and caviar.
Smoked Salmon Pizza With Dill Cream and Caviar
Have you seen a lot of caviar on the menu? Wolfgang's team uses about 11 pounds of the delicacy! The most famous instance is his smoked salmon pizza with dill cream and caviar. Wolfgang accidentally developed this recipe when he ran out of bread one night during service and had to improvise. The salmon pizza is beloved by celebrities and always makes an appearance at the Governors Ball.
Get the recipe: Smoked Salmon Pizza With Dill Cream and Caviar
Mini Kobe Burgers With Aged Cheddar and Remoulade
Wolfgang offers no shortage of American classics. His mini Kobe beef burgers are always a hit. In fact, each year, the chef bakes up 6,000 mini brioche buns to satisfy the demand for his cheeseburgers!
Get the recipe: Mini Kobe Burgers With Aged Cheddar and Remoulade
Gold-Dusted Chocolate Oscars
Many of the confections receive a generous dusting of gold dust, most famously the mini chocolate Oscars. Five thousand are served in one night, and it takes about 10 pounds of edible gold dust to make them simmer like the real statues.