Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—Miami, New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those who are making headlines. Wolfgang Puck always has something cooking, and now he has something brewing too with the launch of a new line of iced coffees.
Company: Wolfgang Puck Cos.
What Made Him Haute: This Austrian-born restaurateur and celebrity chef has built a culinary empire that includes fine dining establishments, franchise restaurants, catering, cookbooks, and products. His flagship restaurant, Spago, is still the go-to establishment for Hollywood’s elite, and in 2008, the James Beard Foundation nominated Puck for the Outstanding Restaurateur award.
What Makes Him Haute Now: The star chef and restaurateur opened WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, featuring haute Asian fusion overlooking the L.A. skyline on the 24th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles at L.A. Live in mid-May. Outside of Los Angeles, Puck’s newest locale is Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina located inside Crystals at CityCenter in Las Vegas in the former Brasserie PUCK space. The bistro serves Italian pastas and specialty dishes, alongside his famed wood-oven baked pizzas. Last week, Puck signed a partnership with Restaurant Associates to set up at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia this fall, and is rumored to be in negotiations to run Cadence Restaurant.
Whether in L.A., or dining around the country, pick up one of Puck’s new ready-to-drink bottled iced coffees. The special blend of slow brewed organic, lower calorie coffees come in four flavors and can be found on the West Coast at Henry’s, Farmers Market, Gelson’s, Albertson’s, Whole Foods Market, Bristol Farms, and Sunflower Market. Wolfgang Puck Express Cafes plan to carry them nationwide.