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Symmetry breakfasts: the man behind the hit Instagram account picks his favourite and most beautiful dishes

We all know people love to post their food on Instagram. And people love to see other people’s food on Instagram, too. It’s a baffling fact of the modern age.

But when the boundaries between food and art are blurred, it's less about observing someone’s lunch and more about witnessing the creativity of the internet age.  

This is where Symmetry Breakfast comes in.

What started as a single Instagram snap has now become something of an internet phenomenon, boasting over 600, 000 followers, an accompanying blog and now a book

The account was created by Michael Zee after making breakfast for his partner one day. Noticing that the two meals were identical, Michael took a snap and posted it to Instagram.

“I started making breakfasts for Mark when he moved in with me in 2013. At the time, he was in a job that meant he was always in the office but the only time I knew I would see him everyday was at breakfast,” Michael tells Stylist.

Within weeks, Michael had amassed hundreds of thousands of followers on Instagram as his creative, precisely arranged snaps struck a chord with foodies around the world.

Now, every morning, Michael makes two identical breakfasts for himself and Mark, and photographs them for his accounts. The project now incorporates food from around the world from pastries to arepas, and encourages us to expand our plates beyond beans on toast – while presenting a beautiful image.

“I wanted to make our mornings together special and it wasn’t before long I started taking photos of what I was cooking up and posting them to Instagram,” says Michael.

“After a few months I set up @symmetrybreakfast. I had no idea it would be so popular, I left my job at the V&A last year to take food full time.”

Here Michael talks us through some of his favourite breakfast snaps. 


You can pre-order Michael's book, Symmetry Breakfast: Cook-Love-Share here, which showcases breakfasts from the couple’s travels around the world. 

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