Culinary fans will delight with the latest visiting chef event at Wolfgang Puck’s namesake restaurant. This culinary event at Hotel Bel-Air will bring Chef Yusuke Takada, one of Asia’s bests chefs, to join three of Los Angeles’ most popular chefs for a once-in-a-lifetime feast. Learn more about the chefs behind this East Meets West event.
Chef Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck hosts the Visiting Chef Dinner Series at his namesake restaurant located inside the luxurious Hotel Bel-Air. Since 1975, Puck has been delighting foodies in Los Angeles. His premier restaurant Spago is a culinary experience that delights locals and tourists alike.
From the introduction of Spago, known as one of the world’s most iconic restaurants, to the creation of Chinois and CUT, and winning three James Beard awards and an Emmy, Wolfgang Puck has long set the standard for cuisine, service and style. Wolfgang has changed the way Americans cook and eat by combining classic French techniques with California and Asian influences as well as the freshest and finest ingredients.
Puck continues to delight the world at over seventy restaurants worldwide. This culinary event at Hotel-Bel-Air is an amazing opportunity to experience cuisine from Wolfgang Puck himself.
Chef Yusuke Takada
Chef Takada hails from Kagoshima, Japan. His passion for cooking led him to attend Japan’s premier culinary school. Following his education, he moved to Paris where he worked at Michelin-starred restaurants such as Taillevent and Le Meurice. In 2010, Chef Takada returned to Japan and opened his own restaurant La Cime in Osaka. At La Cime, he perfected his personal style which combines signature French cuisine with modern twists and impeccable presentation.
Chef Takada’s industry accolades continue, with La Cime listed 17th on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants List for 2018, while simultaneously being awarded the Highest New Entry award on the list.
He joins the Visiting Chef Series after attending the Best Chef Awards in Milan.
Chef Hugo Bolanos
Joining Chefs Puck and Takada at this culinary event at Hotel Bel-Air is Chef Hugo Bolanos. Chef Bolanos has served as the Executive Chef of the Hotel Bel-Air since 2013. There he oversees all of the food and drink operations of the hotel.
As a veteran member of Wolfgang Puck’s Fine Dining Group since 2000, he has been chef de cuisine at CUT, awarded one star by Michelin and three stars in the LA Times, and the executive sous chef at the two-star Michelin Spago restaurant. He has also worked with Wolfgang Puck catering in executing high-profile awards season events, movie premieres, and celebrity-attended special events.
As part of his current position, Chef Bolanos collaborates with leaders in the culinary world through the Visiting Chef Series. He also believes strongly in “cooking for a cause” and thus organizes elaborate fundraising events to help those in need.
Chef Tetsu Yahagi
Finally, Chef Yahagi serves as the Chef de Cuisine at Puck’s flagship Spago restaurant. Yahagi is also originally from Japan. He attended culinary school while in Tokyo followed by an extension program at France’s Ecole Hoteliere Tsuji Chateau Escoffier.
After graduating with honors, Chef Yahagi was chosen to train under the tutelage of Jacques Lameloise of the three-star Michelin Restaurant Lameloise. He joined the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group in 2004 in Tokyo before transferring to Spago Beverly Hills…
Wolfgang Puck’s Adventures in the Kitchen inspired Chef Yahagi to start his culinary journey years ago.
The East Meets West culinary event at Hotel Bel-Air is a six-course meal. Chefs Puck, Bolanos, and Yahagi will prepare three courses. Chef Takada will present an additional three courses of contemporary French cuisine. Guests will also have the option of adding additional wine or sake pairings to their meal. Tickets will be limited to this once in a lifetime event.
It is easy to see why this is such a landmark event for foodies in Los Angeles. For more fun, be sure to try another famous culinary event at Hotel Bel-Air, the Wolfgang Puck end of summer barbeque.