Austrian chef Wolfgang Puck has been a culinary institution in America for many years now. Annually he caters numerous celebrities at the Academy Awards Governors Ball in Los Angeles. This time however it was Wolfgang’s turn to receive an award honoring his lifetime achievements. The James Beard Foundation invited to the so-called Oscars of the food world on May 7, 2012, in New York City. Puck who has won multiple honors from the foundation, this year was especially honored for his extraordinary career. He was chosen for his talent as a chef and restaurateur, as well as for his history of revolutionizing the way American chefs think about food. Upon receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award, Puck promised that “this was just the beginning”. Each year the James Beard Foundation honors the finest chefs, restaurants, wine professionals, journalists, cookbook authors, restaurant designers, and other food professionals in the United States. The awards are voted on by more than 600 culinary professionals. Wolfgang Puck so far has been the only chef to have twice received its Most Outstanding Chef award.