Husband and wife Kai Flache (owner) and Anja Voth (chef owner) are both from Hamburg, and they know each other since high school.
Some 25 years ago Kai moved to Berkeley and owned a successful construction company.
Anja followed him 5 years later, but it took her more than 10 years to finally leave her beloved Hamburg. The plan to open a restaurant was born, and Gaumenkitzel opened its doors in February 2011.
Back in Hamburg Anja’s Oma was the culinary advisor during the opening phase, sharing her tricks and knowledge over the phone. And Bärbel, Anja’s mother, would refresh the memory of family recipes she taught her.
The restaurant got its name from a memory of Anja’s childhood. Her Opa would make Oma’s cooking super interesting for the children by saying in his humorous voice “Hmm, yummy, what a Gaumenkitzel!” Of course everyone would finish the plates and Oma was happy.
Gaumenkitzel is an old fashioned word for a “special treat”; it translates literally into “Tickle your Taste Buds”.
Fresh food and the experience to enjoy meals with family have been with Kai and Anja since their early childhood.
Kai’s father Heino would cook every night from scratch for the whole family. His meals had been so fresh and lecker (yummy) that Kai is still talking about this childhood memory.
Anja’s Oma was a private chef and would involve Anja in preparing dishes whenever possible and in setting the table nicely.
Growing up in Hamburg chef Anja was exposed to fresh fruit and vegetables, and fish, fish, fish, and pork, pork, pork.
Kai, born in South Germany, brought his influence to the menu with dishes like Spätzle, Schnitzel Vienna style, big sweet dumplings for dessert.
Gaumenkitzel is being
They are back! Kegelrobbenbaby on the Island of Helgoland, North Sea (Foto Spiegel.de 2016).