+ food Media, techpreneur, coach +

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Television HOSTING 

I've been a regular guest and host on many shows in China and abroad including programs on 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 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 & Korea, I represent the list in this region. Recognized as a trusted arbiter of what matters in global cuisine, the World's 50 Best is one of the most prestigious awards in fine dining. Recently, The World's 50 Best Bars has been brought back to the group and I will be exploring more top cocktail bars around the world.

COVERING the world's intriguing food and people
SINCE 2000 +



I'm an equity partner and Strategic Advisor for Bon App, a popular restaurant review and social connection app with over half a million downloads. We are currently the number one bilingual restaurant app in Shanghai and have expanded into Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao and Singapore with Bangkok, Tokyo and Taipei coming online soon.

Bon App combines the best of Yelp, Zomato and Meetup.com creating the app of my dreams using clever algorithms to give customized results, organizing fantastic dining events (from 5 people to 5000 people) and offering a constantly growing massive collection of honest reviews from our enthusiastic community. 


I am a holistic health and mindfulness coach. I partner with my clients to grow awareness and compassion toward themselves and in all their relationships. I am always awed and honored to witness when my clients progress and transform.

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.  See my coaching page and testimonials here.

Consulting & SpeakinG

My consulting clients have included Unilever, PepsiCo., ?WhatIf! Innovation, IDEO, Space Doctors and more. I have lectured at Sophia University Tokyo, University of Toronto, NYU Shanghai and others. More on my consulting work here

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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 21 years ago as a student and later worked as China correspondent for Time Warner's Asiaweek magazine.

I'm based in Shanghai at least half the time--there are over 180,000 restaurants to cover in this city alone--but I also travel frequently around the globe. You can reach me by email here. More on me.

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