Oscars 2013: celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck reveals Governor's Ball menu
The menu for the glamorous affair of the official Oscars after-party has been announced – and it's even more mouthwatering than we could have imagined.
Masterchef Wolfgang Puck will be rustling up 50 unique culinary creations for 1,500 guests who will include stars such as George Clooney, Anne Hathaway, Naomi Watts and Steven Spielberg.
So the chef – who has catered for the annual Governor's Ball that follows the Academy Awards for 18 years in a row – has quite the eclectic bunch to think about for the years' biggest movie party.
"We have so many great nominated movies from Argo to Les Miserables to Silver Linings Playbook," he said.
"It's a really great year for movies with lots of variety, so we are going to serve a variety of dishes."
And true to his word, variety is above all on the menu.
Among the delicacies to be enjoyed by the stars are chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles and mini Kobe burgers – a premium beef from the Japanese region of Kobe.
Japanese baby peach salad, steamed red snapper with Thai spice, Tuna Nicoise and his signature gold-dusted mini-chocolate Oscars are also to be served.
And this year there's a particular focus on vegan-friendly dishes, with miniature hors d' oeuvres vegan pizza, along with lobster with black bean sauce, kale salad with grilled artichoke, a beet salad with spiced walnut and smoked salmon – in the shape of mini Oscars.
Wolfgang won't be working alone. He will be alongside fellow chef Matt Bencivenga and another 300 kitchen staff, as well as 650 waiters that will serve the floor.
An 18-foot golden Oscar will be the ballroom's centrepiece, and a ball wouldn't be a ball without a chandelier – this one a 120-foot chandelier glowing warm shades of aubergine, chartreuse and champagne for a relaxed party atmosphere.
The event, that will immediately follow the Oscars ceremony on February 24, is set to take place in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Centre.