Event: The Happy Foodie Blogger Breakfast Briefing, Penguin Random House

Today we had the pleasure of being invited to the book publisher, Penguin Random House’s blogger breakfast briefing, as part of their The Happy Foodie division. Held in a beautiful building on The Strand, their offices on the 10th floor overlooking London’s Saturday morning was absolutely stunning.

As well as being able to boast their publishing of household names such as Jamie Oliver, they have a great interest in giving chances to promising talents, and propelling writer’s, photographer’s and illustrator’s careers into something great.

Proof that this was something that has been extremely successful for them was their guests that were in attendance. Shu Han Lee, owner of the ‘Mummy I Can Cook’ brand, and author, illustrator and photographer (she is one talented woman!) of her book, ‘Chicken and Rice’, was there to talk about her experiences of blogging and the transition into book writing.

As the name suggests, her brand was created off the back off wanting to prove to her Mum that she has no need to worry about her daughter not being able to cook when she flew the nest. Safe to say she has done that now!

Sophie Missing and Caroline Craig were up next to talk about their publishings together. They shared fascinating stories about how they met in the work canteen, and how they clicked over talks about their packed lunches. Friendship beckoned and the inspiration behind their first book, ‘The Little Book of Brunch” was a compilation of easy but not typical working day lunch ideas.

Their second publishing ‘The Corner Shop Cookbook’ soon followed, and in similar vein to their first book, they are soon to launch ‘The Little Book of Brunch.’

But no doubt the star of today’s show was the mastermind and creator behind the famous ‘Symmetry Breakfast,’ Michael Zee. His Instagram account has taken him from cooking breakfast for himself and his boyfriend, to stardom. Having gained a 650k following on Instagram, he published his first book earlier this year and was there to talk about his experiences from start to finish, interviewed by fellow publisher, Felicity Cloake.

Besides the interviewing room was a room especially for bloggers to get their Instagram flat-lay photos, with props and cookbooks aplenty to choose from. Jessica was feeling the pressure as only three feet away from her photographing the ‘Cook Love Share’ book by Symmetry Breakfast, was the man himself!

After the talks, we began to mingle some more and talk to the Michael on a one to one basis. You may ask what do you say to such a guy, but he was such a down to earth, friendly guy who talked to us about everything from photography, to Donald Trump, to Penis Fish (that is not a typo!)

On our way out we were given a goodie bag each with just some of the cookbooks being talked about at the event, and displayed around the rooms. We were delighted to find that amongst Shu Han Lee’s and Rick Stein’s, was Michael’s ‘Cook Love Share’ book, which he kindly signed for us.

This event has definitely inspired us to hone down on our home cooking skills, and there could’ve been no better way to spend a Saturday morning! Hearing everybody’s stories and talking to other bloggers was fascinating!

If you would like to find out more about the guests and speakers at the event today, their websites and Twitter handles are below…

@TheHappyFoodie on Twitter and Instagram

Shu Han Lee @MummyICanCook on Twitter and Instagram

Michael Zee @Symmetry_Fast on Twitter | @SymmetryBreakfast on Instagram

Felicity Cloake @FelicityCloake on Twitter and Instagram

Caroline Craig @CarolineCraig on Twitter and Instagram

Sophie Missing @sophiemissing on Twitter and Instagram

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  1. Spoon Me Blog
    November 19, 2016 / 4:22 pm

    Love the post, was wonderful to meet you both! 🙂 xxx

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:52 am

      Thank you! So lovely to have met you too!Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  2. Victoria
    November 19, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    I really want to get the Symmetry Breakfast book, it looks amazing! X

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:52 am

      Omg you should! I'm so amazed at everything and want to make it all!Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  3. abbeylouisarose
    November 22, 2016 / 6:16 pm

    Wow, this sounds like a fab event! I'd love to see you try out some recipes from the cookbooks you were given and let us know what you think of them! It's amazing how Instagram fame as lead to someone actually publishing their own cookbook, that's too cool!Abbey 😻 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:53 am

      We definitely will be during the holidays! Can't wait to get our breakfast on!Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  4. Francesca Nelson
    November 23, 2016 / 11:56 am

    OMG you got to meet the man behind symmetry breakfast!! I LOVE that!! The Instagram account is EVERYTHING!!!! What is a penis fish!!?? You can't not tell us!! Looks like you guys had an amazing time!! http://www.mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:54 am

      OMG I KNOW! Was fangirling real hard!Hahahahaha omg please search it up, it's hilarious😂Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  5. CharleneMcElhinney
    November 24, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Jessica and James, You two are doing absolutely amazing and such wonderful opportunities seem to keep arising for you both – if anyone deserves it: It's definitely you two! Also Jessica your brows look amazing! Damn girl! Keep up the fabulous work and hope to catch up with you both soon – it seems like forever!LoveCharlene McElhinney

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:55 am

      You are too kind! Thank you so much, it was so much fun!Haha thank you for my brow compliment! Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  6. Elly Mitchell
    November 24, 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Lovely post. This looks like so much fun – a fantastic opportunity! Your photographs are always really stunning as well 🙂 xx

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:55 am

      It was an amazing event and we are humbled to have been invited!Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  7. Rabiah A
    November 24, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    oh gosh! this is such a super cool post. symmetry breakfast is such an amazing account on instagram, and im glad you guys had such a fab time! amourvitaa.blogspot.co.uk

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:56 am

      Isn't it just! He's just instagram goals!Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  8. Sahara
    November 24, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    The Symmetry Breakfast book seems like a must to get! I'll have to get myself a copy soon!Saharahttp://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:56 am

      It really is! Defo one to put on the Christmas wish list!Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  9. Marikah Blank
    November 24, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Sounds like a spot I would love to go try out with my boyfriend! Loved this post💕 And you guys are so cute lol

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:57 am

      The view is amazing isn't it?Thanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

  10. kayleigh Zara
    November 24, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I'm always so jealous when I see your event posts you always go to the best events! It's so nice her signed your recipe book too x

    • Food & Baker
      November 28, 2016 / 10:57 am

      We're so humbled to have these opportunities and still fangirling over it all hahaThanks for reading and commenting☺️💓

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