Michael comes from Stuttgart, Germany. It is the sixth-largest industrial city in Germany and is renowned as the birthplace of Mercedes-Benz. Although it has picturesque scenery, it also has long, cold winters. Michael prefers the mild climate of Taitung. The mountains, coast, and excellent air quality are things that aren’t available in Taipei.
“We would drive County Road 197, go swimming, and drink coffee on the coast prior to business hours when our restaurant was still in Luye. Now that we’ve moved to Taitung City, the coast is even closer. The beautiful environment here allows Michael, who likes mountain climbing and swimming, to relax after work and enjoy his leisure time. I usually head to the restaurant at 2:00 or 3:00 in the afternoon to prepare pork feet. German cuisine is very time-consuming and labor-intensive and utilizes a lot of spices.” Julia said.
During the interview, I saw Michael rushing in and out of the kitchen, and it didn’t take long for the aroma to seep out. The preparatory work of cooking is essential. It allows for an explosion of flavors upon each bite to light up the taste buds. Apart from cultivating cooking techniques and fundamentals from an early age, sensitivity and inherent talent are also vital.
“It is not necessarily only German cuisine that interests me. Sometimes after trying a special dish while traveling, I will try to replicate it when I get home.” Michael said.
Michael speaks Chinese fluently, which is also admirable.