Rockstar chef Nadia G. and her cohorts may tear it up in the kitchen on Cooking Channel's Bitchin' Kitchen (Wednesdays at 10:30pm ET), but we watch for Hans. This perennially-shirtless, beefed up, and oiled down sidekick knows his food.
Hans (real name: Bart Rochon) took a break between sets to dish with the Hunk du Jour team about working with Nadia, how he keeps in such fantastic shape, and what he loves so much about chocolate. Check out our Q&A below!
Troy, Hunkologist: Obviously, working with Nadia, you know a lot about how important food is to being a hunk. What's a typical menu for you on any given day?
Hans: Food is extremely important when trying to maintain a stellar physique. I like to vary my food as much as possible to avoid boredom... this helps me avoid 5 day binges which inevitably find me waking up on my couch with a tub of fried chicken, mounds of burger wrappers and soft ice cream melted all over my face.
Although the foods change in my daily diet, the basic rules stay the same: I try to eat every 3 to 4 hours, usually about 6 times a day. I consume 20 to 30 grams of protein in every meal, and I am careful to limit my sugars and starches.
Troy, Hunkologist: What about the gym - what's the typical gym-time like?
Hans: I can usually get in the gym for about 20 minutes before they kick me out for leaving excess grease stains on the upholstery.
With all honesty, I can usually get in the gym 3 to 4 times a week, and I keep the workouts around 45 minutes. I have always gone by the philosophy of "Go strong, go hard, and get the hell out of there."
Troy, Hunkologist: How would you describe your job with Nadia?
Hans: Its pretty intense work. Nadia is not as easy to work with as you would think...."Take your shirt off Hans!"..."Hans needs more body grease!". It just never stops, but I guess it's worth the free gym membership she pays me with.
Troy, Hunkologist: Fess up, what's your guilty food pleasure that might not be all that good for you?
Hans: Well if you've seen the some of our Bitchin' Kitchen episodes, you know that I have a very strong affection for melted chocolate...not really to eat though. I much prefer to slowly pour it down my chest and then...uh-hum ...I was told to keep this interview "PG" so we'll need to go on to the next question.
Troy, Hunkologist: Finally, are you allergic to shirts?
Hans: It's not that I am allergic to shirts. I just feel I would be doing a disservice to all those around me by covering up. In fact, I am pretty sure it would be a crime against humanity itself.
Special thanks to Nadia G. and Ange at Bitchin' Kitchen for setting up this interview! You can catch Bitchin' Kitchen Wednesdays at 10:30pm ET on Cooking Channel.