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Mouth-watering taste of Oscar night goodies

February 22, 2006
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Those lucky enough to receive an invite to next month's Academy Awards have been given a mouth-watering peek at the goodies they will enjoy at the event. Chefs planning a culinary extravaganza for the movie industry's biggest party have prepared some samples of the delights they will be serving up to Tinseltown's movers and shakers on March 5.

A chance to take home one of the entertainment world's most prestigious trophies isn't the only thing nominees like Heath Ledger and Reese Witherspoon can look forward to, as they will be treated to a dinner of pan-roasted organic chicken with black truffle risotto on the night.

Along with the other famous faces rubbing shoulders at the Governors' Ball, which is staged immediately after the prizegiving ceremony, they will also be offered hors d'oeuvres of spicy tuna tartare in a sesame miso cone and smoked salmon matzo with Osetra caviar. And Austrian maestro Wolfgang Puck is planning to make sure none of the nominees go home empty handed by preparing gold-frosted chocolate statuettes for everyone in attendance.

He won't be the only celebrity chef with a lot on his plate, as Britain's Jamie Oliver has likewise agreed to work his magic for the Tinseltown crowd. The 30-year-old, who cooked up a storm at last year's Governors' Ball, will be donning his apron for a pre-awards bash in Soho House's LA venue.

The world's movie fans have been offered a glimpse of the set for this year's ceremony, too, with designer Roy Christopher, who has been working on the show since 1979, unveiling his latest creation. "I'm humbled and I'm grateful and I never get tired of doing it," said the production chief. "Last year's was so high tech – a lot of technology and video on the floor and video over the audience – it was my idea to really take a look back and call it 'retro' with a capital 'r'."

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Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck aims to ensure everyone receives a gong on Oscar night Photo: © A.M.P.A.S.y
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Hollywood's big fish can look forward to an antipasto assortment of sweet crab, marinated shrimp, smoked salmon and tuna tatakiPhoto: © A.M.P.A.S.

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