In the kitchen he’s the boss, has everything under control and is responsible for making sure that everything goes to plan – but when it comes to working out, Jan Hartwig defers completely to personal trainer Ulrich Barth. Although the two men and their professions are very different, their passion for detail is very similar.
Everything under one roof: at the Bayerischer Hof, first-rate cuisine and professional training are not far apart. “It’s fantastic, I can do my workouts in the same building that I cook in,” says Hartwig. When asked if that’s far enough away from everyday life, the top chef suppresses a grin and remarks, “When I’m training, it takes me a minute at most to switch off completely – it’s impossible not to.” Uli pushes him hard, and although he’s no sports superstar, Hartwig says that training does him the world of good. It gives him new strength and the energy he needs for his creative and demanding job.
Although Uli pushes him to the brink every session, top chef Jan Hartwig has only good things to say about his trainer: “Uli is really dedicated. To put together my perfect workout he really scrutinized me and my everyday life.” While Hartwig creates culinary masterpieces by concentrating on every detail as he cooks, his personal trainer Barth has worked out in detail the different movement patterns top chefs perform in their daily work.