Wolfgang Puck, who has been catering for the Academy Awards since the last 17 years, is cooking up a Latin-inspired menu for this year’s Governors Ball, popularly known as the post-Oscars feast including a tribute dish for the front-runner film The King’s Speech.
“My tribute to The King’s Speech is the entree of pan-roasted Dover Sole with fennel, olives, haricots verts, tomatoes, lemon, sherry, and olive oil,” says Puck, who is in charge of 250 chefs and 600 waiters. Puck is also preparing a Black Swan paella in honour of the ballet thriller, starring Natalie Portman, also tipped for Oscar glory.
The dish includes saffron, white wine, chile, and parsley, and should be “easy for Natalie Portman to eat since she is vegetarian”. The menu, co-created with fellow top chef Matt Bencivenga, also includes seafood and “signature favourites such as smoked salmon Oscars and pastry chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars”. The meal is priced at $750 a plate.