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Need renewed faith in the American dream? Wolfgang Puck has that on the menu.

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08.07.2021

If you’re suffering a bit of patriotic malaise during this weird moment of partisan angst and national uncertainty, you’re not alone. But just because Horatio Alger-style stories of people who grow up with nothing and earn everything are out of fashion doesn’t mean they aren’t possible. And the United States melting pot still exists in fact as well as in metaphor, if you know where to look for it.

That turns out to be in chef Wolfgang Puck’s kitchen, the subject of “Wolfgang,” a new documentary on Disney Plus. The movie doesn’t just make the case for Puck as a great immigrant success story, though he is. Instead, the film suggests that Puck’s specific brand of fusion cuisine, pulling bits and pieces of things from around the world and combining them into something more interesting, more compelling, and tastier — is the embodiment of the American Dream.

The road to fame, fortune and the freezer section, began for Puck in Austria. His stepfather was an abusive drunk and he took solace in the kitchen, learning how to cook with his mother before going to work peeling potatoes and cleaning out pots and pans at a local hotel at the age of 14. After a group of French chefs blew his mind, he headed to France to........

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