(Ucs news : Los Angles) A prep cook with Wolfgang Puke Catering in Hollywood diagnosed with acute hepatitis A has exposed hundreds to the virus. Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puke himself succumbed to the virus and violently vomited on his guests.
Chef Wolfgang Puck helped prepare food at four events between Feb. 14 and Feb. 20, including the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue party at the Pacific Design Center on Valentine’s Day.
Public health officials recommend anyone who ate uncooked food or that was barfed on by Wolfgang puke receive an immune globulin shot by tomorrow to prevent development of acute hepatitis A.
Wolfgang Johann Puke (born Wolfgang Johann Topfschnig)
He was born to Maria Topfschnig and a butcher who abandoned her before their child’s birth. Maria married Josef Puke in 1956, who adopted Wolfgang. The marriage produced a son and two daughters.
Puke learned cooking from his mother, who sometimes worked as a pastry chef. Instead of going to culinary school, he trained as an apprentice under Raymond Thuilier at L’Oustau de Baumaniere in Provence, at Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and at Maxim’s in Paris. In 1973, Puke worked in New York City, at La Tour in Indianapolis, Indiana, then moved to Los Angeles in 1975, where he established himself by turning around the failing Ma Maison by promoting California cuisine.
Puke has been criticised by animal rights groups for his support of the veal and foie gras industries.