VIDEO: Wolfgang Puck Shares His Oscar Dinner Secrets – and Recipes!
Chef Wolfgang Puck has a standing date every year for the Academy Awards: He caters the star-studded Governors Ball after the awards show. This year, Puck says, the theme is 1930s glamour – and, he tells PEOPLE, "we'll have the food to match it."
"The celebrities who come to the Oscars ceremony haven’t eaten for hours, so when they come to our dinner, they’re hungry and they expect to get great food," Puck says of the bash. "And nobody pays attention to their diet."
On this year's menu? A crispy potato galette with smoked salmon, followed by a main course of organic chicken pot pie with black truffles and root vegetables. First, though, guests will start with sushi and shrimp, oyster and crab, served with cocktail sauce, mustard sauce and mignonette, a vinegar and shallot sauce to be served with the oysters.
The 1,500 guests will also nosh on buffet-style appetizers, including mini Kobe beef cheeseburgers, assorted pizzas and tempura shrimp.
And for dessert? Puck's traditional 24-carat chocolate Oscar, of course.
"There’s always a bit of tradition when we do the Oscar dinner," he says, "We don’t want to overdo it, but we do give every guest a gold-covered chocolate Oscar to take home."
Not invited to the annual Governors Ball? Don't worry – you can throw your own Oscar dinner at home – and make Puck's chicken pot pie dish. Watch as Puck shows you how to make the recipe (above), then try it yourself!
Who knows, maybe George Clooney will knock on your door?
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