Ketel One Dutch Brunch Series with Michael Zee and Paradise Garage
Zee has built a formidable global following, through his 'Symmetry Breakfast' social media feed that's dotted with mouth-watering food shots depicting his unique concept of a 'mirrored' breakfast. Even Chef Jamie Oliver and the co-founder of Instagram Kevin Systrom, have sat up and taken notice of Zee's infectious enthusiasm. Nowhere is this more evident than when his eyes light up as he talks about meeting his fiancé, Mark.
Zee says. " The first time I ever met Mark, in a nightclub in East London, we went home and I made breakfast the next day. I made him these Dutch pancakes because I'd just gone to Amsterdam the week before and had bought all the syrups and pouches and sprinkles to go on them. When I met Mark, I thought I would impress him with my knowledge of his country's beloved national pancake."
At the time, Zee was working at the Victoria and Albert Museum while Mark was working as a designer at Burberry. Their relationship progressed but during the frenetic fashion week seasons when Mark was putting in long hours at the studio, the two would rarely get to spend time together except for a few moments in the early morning. Gradually their mornings began to include elaborate breakfasts that Zee would whip up because, as he says, "I just had this urge to make those mornings a bit more special."
Zee, whose grandfather had immigrated to the UK from Shanghai opening a number of Chinese restaurants in Liverpool, grew up in his family's kitchens and was comfortable experimenting with recipes and ingredients. In 2013, after perfecting the art of preparing impossibly symmetrical and photogenic breakfasts, he started taking photos of them and posting them on his social media feeds. Friends encouraged him to create his own separate account dedicated to these meticulously polished breakfasts. And so @SymmetryBreakfast was launched, featuring irresistible photos of Persian herb omelettes, kimchi corn fritters or Nepalese momo dumplings. Zee says these elaborate creations don't usually take much advance planning; he often decides what to cook on the morning in question, after an early hours trip to the neighbourhood market.
Fast forward to the present day and his Instagram account has ballooned to 655,000 followers, with more than 1000 entries, off the back of a new cookbook. Meanwhile, plate side, the food tastes as good as it looks, and you can expect some interesting contemporary Ketel One Dutch brunch twists with highlights such as the starter of Ox Cheek Bitterbollen, and the larger plate of Bavette with potato gratin and fried egg, or Pork Belly with kale and shakshuka. You need to make sure you have some room left for dessert though because they're frankly out of this world, if seriously indulgent. Popular specialities include Koeksisters, a delicate confectionary made of deep fried dough infused with honey, and the Stroopwaffles with a gingerbread-tasting Speculoos parfait.
If you're looking for a new brunch experience, the Ketel One Dutch Brunch is back on Sunday 20th August at Paradise Garage.
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