+ FOOD WRITER, CONSULTANT & coach +
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.
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.
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.
COVERING SHANGHAI'S DELICIOUS FOOD AND RESTAURANT SCENE
+ SINCE 2002 +
I'm an equity partner and Strategic Advisor for Bon App, Shanghai's most popular bilingual restaurant review and social connection app with over half a million downloads. We have expanded into Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore this year and will continue into many more regions.
Bon App combines the best of Yelp, Zomato and Meetup.com creating the app of my dreams using clever algorithms to give you customized results, organizing fantastic dining events (from 5 people to 5000 people) and offering a constantly growing massive collection of honest reviews by our enthusiastic community.
I am a holistic health and happiness coach. I partner with my clients to grow greater self awareness, compassion and mindfulness toward themselves and in all their relationships. I also coach around healthy sleep, exercise and diet.
I work with clients around the world. I am trained in Bulletproof Coaching, Hakomi, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and many meditation approaches. See my coaching page here.
Consulting and SpeakinG
My consulting clients have included Unilever, PepsiCo., ?WhatIf! Innovation, IDEO, Space Doctors and more. I have lectured on food and culture at the University of Toronto, NYU Shanghai and M on the Bund's food culture series. More on my consulting work here.
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 21 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.