Hello, hello 🙂
It’s October! And it’s time for me to share another travel adventure with you guys. So make yourself comfortable, take a nice festive drink and let’s get into it.
My recent trip was again to Germany. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you saw how incredible it was! And if you are not following me on Instagram, what are you waiting for haha?
This is your chance 😀
Anyways, this trip was like a mini fairytale getaway. But honestly! It’s so crazy that the only other trip I had, that was as dreamy as this one, was exactly a year ago. To top it off, it was in Germany as well! I just love a beautiful Germany castle or anything of that sort.
This was also my last trip of summer break, which made it even more special. On the other note, where did three and a half months of summer go? Don’t get me wrong I’m super pumped about autumn, it’s my fav season, but still.
Back to the travel adventure 🙂
We started our trip and here it was five days of beauty in front of us. Germany, especially Chiemsee is such a dream destination. It is my favorite part of Germany since it looks like a painting. Countless hills with always perfect grass, big houses with paintings on them and cows on every corner.
It’s funny that as a kid I always wanted to have a cow :D. It was my dream animal and my goal is to have it one day haha.
When we first came to Residenz Heinz Winkler we were blown away!!!
It looked so luxurious, so old school.
It was incredible!
The staff was so kind as well. There is something special about having loving staff that just makes your whole trip so much better.
But when I opened the room. OMG, it was one of the best rooms I have ever stayed in. Not only that it was huge with stunning interior design but the views were insane. I can’t make them justice by explaining them so here is a picture of how sick it really was.
Although it was the end of September, it was so hot. Honestly, all I had with me were pants and sweaters so the fact that we had a rooftop, like a garden, on which you could sunbath was shocking.
Luckily I brought a swimsuit and was able to sock up the last bits of sunshine this year. When we are talking about swimsuits, I didn’t bring them for anything. They had a spa area in the ancient design with an interior swimming pool and sauna. It was so nice to relax in the spa area after a long day. That swimming pool was one of the coolest I have ever seen. So again here is a picture of it:
For the entire stay, I was walking around the Residenz simply admiring the beauty of it. On every corner, there were giant doors and windows and little sitting areas. I couldn’t decide whether I feel like I’m in a fairy tale or an old Hollywood movie. One is certain, it was stunning!
The most important part was the food. Not only because I’m a lover of nice dishes but because their kitchen is one of the best in the world with 2 – Michelin Stars from Mister Heinz Winkler. With the legendary cook Steffen Mezger who has 1- Michelin Star. I had an opportunity to talk to this legendary cook so here is a mini version of an interview.
1)When was the time you decided to be a cook?
Well, first I wanted to be a hotel director. So I asked the hotel director what I should do to be one. He said that if I want to be a director I first need to be a cook. He told me that since the biggest cost in hotels is food, the only way to monitor expenses is to become a cook. I tried it and realized that it is beautiful. I was 17 at the time. I wanted to return to school to become a director, however, my chef told me that I have too much talent to became a director. So I stayed in the kitchen and 2010 I became the first Michelin star and was the youngest kitchen director in the five-star hotel in the world.
2) What do you love the most about cooking?
I love working with young people and on top of that everything is constantly changing. You are cooking new dishes and having a new guest every day. You are free to create something new as well and you can see the result of your work instantly. You can see how beautiful it is, taste it and on the end, you make guests happy.
3) What do you dislike the most about cooking?
People are constantly changing which can be a bad thing as well. You work with someone for a long time and then they decide to go somewhere else. It’s not a big thing but it’s definitely a challenge.
4) What would you be if you weren’t the cook or hotel director?
I think I would be a sports journalist since I love everything about the sport.
5) When you first started cooking what was the main goal you had in mind?
I never had any prize as my goal. I simply wanted to be happy and make the guest happy as well. I always cooked for people.
6) What is your secret ingredient for success?
Always try new things and stay persistent. No matter how much time and energy it takes, keep doing it and eventually you’ll see results.
On the first night of our stay, we had the opportunity to be a part of a special dinner. It was a very interesting and unique experience. There is so much care put into the appearance and the presentation of a dish. They focus on bringing the whole experience and making you feel special.
Breakfast was another amazing part. You know when they serve you a champagne for breakfast, its something special.