There is an attribute that perfectly describes people like me: “gastrosexual”. German author Carsten Otte even wrote a nonfiction book about the male species to which I belong and humorously analyses the behaviour of gastrosexuals. Men like me do not spend the weekend in the garage, but in the kitchen, as we all share the same passion: cooking. We invest a lot money in good produce and professional cooking equipment, have tons of cookbooks, prefer to cook our meat and vegetables sous-vide and enjoy spoiling our family and friends with gourmet menus.


Many people name their cars. But who on earth names his kitchen? Well, gastrosexuals like me do that. I call my kitchen „3D Kochatelier“ (3D Cooking Studio), because we live in a former spinning mill in house 3D. The kitchen is my playground, my battlefield, my craft room, my machinery, my studio. It’s the place where I’m creative, where I can unfold and relax at the same time. My kitchen is my cathedral in which I live out my passion.


At the beginning of my “career“ as a hobby chef, I almost always followed recipes. Over the years, however, I’ve enhanced my skills. Thanks to various workshops with star chefs and first and foremost to my friendship with avant-garde chef Giuseppe Messina I have learned many cooking techniques that now enable me to create my own menus and dishes. I really enjoy using the aroma wheel for new flavour pairings. There are endless possible combinations and that makes it so exciting.


I’m as passionate about savouring good food as I am a passionate cook. Hence my wife and I enjoy visiting restaurants of star chefs around the globe, may it be during our holidays or on a business trip. For us visiting a good restaurant is like visiting an art exhibition or the opera for others. And as gastrosexual man I want to share my enthusiasm with like-minded people, of course. That’s why I created my blog “cooking-with-passion.de”. Here I write (in German) about our restaurant visits as well as new creations from my own kitchen. The blog uses Google Translate.





Mike Hamel

Spinnereiinsel 3D

83059 Kolbermoor


Phone: +49 1702972817


 © 2016 cooking with passion // Mike Hamel

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