Today it was announced that marmite, the condiment that divides hearts and nations, has been banned in Denmark. Clearly haters. But there’s one fan who’ll never surrender her love, food blogger and pioneer of The Underground Restaurant, the previously undercover, Ms Marmite Lover.
Long-standing friend of i-D’s Gardener-in-Residence Scarlett, Kerstin Rodgers a.k.a Ms Marmite Lover started her professional life by wandering into the NME, showing them her snaps and getting hired as a teen rock photographer. She enjoyed a successful career as a photographer shooting for The Observer and The Sunday Times Style, not to mention an underwater wedding shoot for i-D in the mid-80s. Changing pace, Kerstin decided to explore her other passion, food – specifically marmite. Going under the alias of Ms Marmite Lover she started a food blog and six months later opened her own restaurant – in her living room. A catalyst to the underground/supper club food movement, Kerstin’s entrepreneurial restaurant attracted mass media attention. Hosting themed nights such as a black food night held at midnight with a pyjama dress code and an all black food menu including black carrots, black potatoes and black salt, there’s no yellow lid on Ms Marmite’s imagination!
The hostess with the mostess, Kerstin opens up her entire flat for The Underground Farmers and Craft Market twice a year, with cooking demonstrations in the kitchen, a cocktail bar on the ironing board in her bedroom, farmers selling fresh produce in the garden, Scarlett selling seeds in the shed, live music and bonfires galore. Plus, a host of food critics and industry insiders hold a Dragon’s Den style panel and advise visitors on how to turn their homemade products into a business. Kerstin has also just brought out a book published by Harper Collins entitled Supper Club detailing 120 recipes. Oh and she has her very own Ms Marmite Lover jar of marmite with her face on, sent by marmite to commend her services to the strong stuff. We love it!