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Television HOSTING 

I've been a regular guest and host on many shows in China and abroad including shows by the BBC, CNN, National Geographic, CCTV, Discovery Channel, Germany's ARD and more.  I was recently featured in the documentary The Search for General Tso.


International Publications

I've contributed to magazines around the world including Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, Surface, Departures, The New York Times T Style Magazine, AFAR and many more. Click here to see some popular features.

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Time Out Shanghai

As Food Editor for Shanghai's premier magazine for nearly five years , I reviewed restaurants and interviewed everyone from farmers to Michelin-starred chefs, covering everything from street eats to organic farms. Click here for selected features or see my full Time Out archive on their website.


As Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Restaurants for China and Korea, I represent the list in this region. World's 50 Best is recognized as a trusted arbiter of what matters in global cuisine. As one of the most prestigious awards in the world of fine dining, its influence can make a restaurant’s reputation overnight.

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I'm an equity partner and Strategic Advisor for Bon App, Shanghai's most popular bilingual restaurant review and social connection app with over a quarter million downloads. We are currently expanding into Beijing, Singapore and beyond.

Bon App combines the best of Yelp, Foursquare and Meetup.com creating the app of my dreams using clever algorithms that match people who share similar tastes plus a massive collection of honest reviews by an enthusiastic community. 

Consulting and Speaking

My consulting clients have included Unilever, PepsiCo., ?WhatIf! Innovation, IDEO, Space Doctors and more. 

I have given lectures on food and culture at the University of Toronto, NYU's Shanghai campus and M on the Bund's food culture series. More on my consulting work here

About Me

I've been lucky enough to be in the right time and place covering one of the world's most dynamic food scenes. I am passionate about food, cooking and health, as well as the study of happiness and well-being. Originally from Boston, I came to China 19 years ago as a student and later worked as China correspondent for Time Warner's Asiaweek magazine.

I'm based in Shanghai most of the time--there are over 180,000 restaurants to cover in this city alone--but I'm also in greater Asia, the US and Europe for parts of the year. You can reach me by email here. More on me.

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