If ever an entrepreneur should find an "if at first you don't succeed" lesson it should be this: Legendary chef, restaurateur and canned-soup maker Wolfgang Puck was fired from his first restaurant job.
"After three weeks on the job, (I was told) 'you're good for nothing,'" Puck said at the SALT conference in Singapore. He was a 14 year-old apprentice.
But he added, "I always wanted to own my own restaurant. I always had this dream."
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He was in his thirties when he realized his dream, opening his first restaurant, Spago, in 1982, initially in West Hollywood; it was later moved to Beverly Hills. Spago became a global fine-dining chain. It was followed by Chinois in Santa Monica, which fused Asian flavors with French and California-based cuisine.