Qualified software engineer Zineb “Zizi” Hattab exploded onto the gastro scene in 2020 with her vegan restaurant KLE in Zurich. The career changer recognized early on that her true passion was creating delicious food.
It’s a story with unexpected twists and turns and is a wonderful example of how anything is possible if you pour everything into achieving your dreams and pursuing your passion. It’s the story of Zineb “Zizi” Hattab, the daughter of Moroccan immigrants who was born and grew up in Barcelona, studied mechanical engineering and became a software engineer. And then she turned her life upside down and took it in a surprising new direction.
In 2012, not long after she’d finished her bachelor’s degree in Barcelona, Zizi Hattab and her partner moved to eastern Switzerland, where both of them had secured jobs with renowned industrial companies. “But I soon began asking myself if I really wanted to spend the rest of my life programming interfaces for industrial production,” the young chef tells us today. She is sitting at one of the wooden tables in her cosy “neighbourhood restaurant” in Zurich Wiedikon, and she looks pleased.
That’s because Zizi Hattab answered the question she had asked herself with a definitive “No”. Then, after spending more and more time in her kitchen preparing food and studying cookbooks and preparation methods, and after she’d seated more and more happy guests around her table, she decided to take the next step.