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Organisers have touted plans to go mostly vegan at this year’s Oscars party but celebrities need not fear. There will still be plenty of caviar, smoked salmon and wagyu, the event’s main chef assured.


“We work with everything because a lot of people like vegan but still, the big majority eats meat and fish,” said celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. He will feed Hollywood’s elite after the Academy Awards on 9th February.


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Dawn Hudson, Chief Executive Officer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and Master chef Wolfgang Puck pose during the Governors Ball press preview for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on January 31, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


The 70-year-old has catered the extravagant post-Oscars party — the Governors Ball — for 26 years. He prepared thousands of dishes for the 1,500 guests, including the night’s winners, who attend the bash.


He said the menu will be 70% plant-based this year, in line with what appears to be a trend this awards season. Some of the vegan dishes include cauliflower, sweet potato tempura, wild mushroom bolognese and avocado toast.


Puck worked in some of France’s top restaurants before relocating to the United States at age 24. He said, while he himself is not vegan, he still enjoys concocting vegan dishes at his many restaurants.


General view, of the food, beverages and decor of Governors Ball, during the Governors Ball press preview for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards on January 31, 2020. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


“We want everybody to be happy,” he told AFP during a tour of his kitchen. There, he prepped for the extravaganza. “At the end of the day, you can make vegan food taste really good and you won’t miss meat or fish.”


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Puck heads an empire of restaurants stretching from Beverly Hills to Las Vegas and Singapore. He said he had no trouble adapting this year’s Oscars menu to the last-minute desire of organisers given he already serves vegan dishes at his establishments.


“It’s easy because we have all the chefs from all our different restaurants and I can call them and ask ‘what do you do for vegan?'” he said.


Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


He said this year’s menu will feature some classics — including smoked salmon, wagyu beef and caviar. However, he also added 18 vegan dishes. On the sweet side, most of the desserts will also be vegan, to the despair of some chefs who rely heavily on butter and eggs.


“We managed to overcome the difficulties of not working with these ingredients by using lots of almond and coconut milk,” said Kamel Guechida. Guechida heads a team of 25 pastry chefs preparing for the event.


The event will offer salted caramel brownie cookies, ube (purple yam) and coconut cream pillow tarts. There will also be dark chocolate and yuzu (citrus fruit) raviolis.


Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP


Let’s not forget the 5,000 or so Oscar statuettes covered in 24 karat gold which will also be vegan. Chocolate maker Valrhona supplied Puck with some 400 kilograms (880 pounds) of strawberry and yuzu-flavoured chocolate.


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Source: AFP

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