Some things the Academy Awards like to shake up (changes in hosting for example) but in other areas, well, you don't mess with tradition. For the 17th consecutive year, master chef Wolfgang Puck has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create the menu for the Governors Ball, the annual celebration immediately following the Oscars.
Celebrating the past, present and future of the industry and the Academy, the Governors Ball is always an unforgettable experience," said Puck. "Our goal each year is to honor Hollywood's brightest stars and most accomplished artists with a culinary masterpiece. Only the finest ingredients and flavors will do." Wolfgang Puck Catering will serve the Academy's 1,500 Ball guests, which will include winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants.
The 2011 menu created by Puck and chef Matt Bencivenga is inspired by Latin flavors, from classic paella to coastal seafood, along with signature favorites such as smoked salmon Oscars and pastry chef Sherry Yard's gold-dusted chocolate Oscars. Puck is shown above with an entree of Dover sole with fennel, olives, tomatoes and haricot vert is a sauce of lemon, olive oil and Sherry.