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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 and sustainability, as well as the study of happiness and mindfulness. Originally from Boston, I came to China 22 years ago as a student and later worked as China correspondent for Time Warner. I'm based in Shanghai about half the year--there are 180,000 restaurants to cover in this city alone--and I travel frequently around the globe. 

Television Hosting

I have been a regular guest and host on many shows in China and abroad including programs on the BBC, CNN, ABCNational Geographic, CCTV, Discovery Channel, Germany's ARD and more. 

International publications

I've contributed to magazines around the world including Travel + LeisureFood & WineConde Nast Traveler, Surface, Departures, The New York Times T Style Magazine, AFAR and many more.

time out shanghai

As Food Editor for Shanghai's premier magazine for nearly five years, I reviewed restaurants, interviewed street chefs and star chefs, and visited organic farms and five-star resorts. Click here for selected features.


As Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Restaurants, I represent China & Korea for the list.

Recognized as a trusted arbiter of what matters in global cuisine, the World's 50 Best is one of the most prestigious honors in fine dining. The organization also includes The World's 50 Best Bars & Asia's 50 Best Bars.


Bon App

I'm Partner and Strategic Advisor for Bon App, Asia's most popular bilingual restaurant review and lifestyle app. We are the must-have app for discovering great restaurants, essential resources in your city and awesome events.

Based in Shanghai, we have expanded to 13 cities in Asia including Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Tokyo Bangkok and Taipei. Coming to one of our cities? Download Bon App!



public speaking & consulting

I speak on topics from sustainability to mindfulness and connecting to our values. I have given talks at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, Bellagio Shanghai, Sophia University Tokyo, The University of Toronto, and others.

I consult for international brands on dining trends around the world. My clients have included Unilever, PepsiCo., Starbucks, IDEO and more. 

crystylized COACHING

As a holistic life coach, I work with clients to grow awareness, self-compassion, self-leadership and healthy relationships. I am honored to witness my clients' transformations. I work with clients around the world, from Berlin to Beijing.

I am a certified Bulletproof Coach, and I am trained in Hakomi, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and many meditation approaches.