Welcome to In Real Life, a series in which we take a deep dive into the lives our favourite personalities. In our casual conversation, we challenge them with a course of rapid fire (honest, candid and personal) questions to get to know their true selves.
British-born Michael Zee is known for his delightful exploration of food via his SymmetryBreakfast Instagram account which has amassed almost 755,000 followers. He turned a passion for preparing beautiful mirror images of breakfasts from all over the world into a career — and now a book. A favourite for die hard food porn fans across the globe, Zee started this journey in London, but now lives with his partner in Shanghai, giving him the opportunity to further explore Chinese and Asian food as well as his own heritage. Available to order through his website www.symmetrybreakfast.com, his gorgeous SymmetryBreakfast cookbook is available in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese and Spanish. Prestige goes head-to-head with the man himself and gets very hungry.
Just do it until someone tells you to stop.
Writing a book and hiding a marriage proposal in it.
Milford Sound in New Zealand. I have a long term strategy to somehow move there one day.
A hysterical swearing match with a friend.
We’d be on holiday, maybe somewhere familiar like London or somewhere fancy like the south of Italy. We’d wake up early, no hangover, sit in lovely pyjamas or robes and drink some tea. It’s a beautiful summer morning and then we’d go for a walk to buy some food to cook lunch at home. The radio would be on, BBC Radio 4 or something like that. It would be ethereal and unplanned.
A bottle of “Fuck Trump And His Stupid Fucking Wall” blend from Empirical Spirits.
Zsa Zsa Gabor, but if we can’t resurrect her, someone like Seth McFarlane.
Bread — it’s a massive category I know but I love a sandwich of almost any construction. Burgers are also included in this category, they’re the perfect example of something that is better than the sum of its parts.
I would absolutely be a Tres Leches cake, unassuming at first, but deep dive into it for layers of flava.
With a cup of rooibos tea from Rare Tea Company.
I worked in a photography film processing lab when I was 16, that was my first ‘official’ job, we’d process your photos in 20 minutes and I would have to remove photos that depicted illicit or illegal activities. Before that I worked in my family restaurants from a really young age but that was just slave labour.
Sir Patrick Moore. I met him when I was about 8 or 9 years old and I was obsessed with astronomy. He presented an incredible television show called The Sky at Night. He produced detailed pencil maps of the surface of the moon that were used by NASA to plan the Apollo missions. He’s someone who understood the enormity of the universe.
Intelligence without arrogance.