About UnTour Shanghai’s Food Tour Guides

Jamie B.
Co-Founder & Guide

When she’s not eating food, she’s writing about it. The former dining editor of China’s longest running English language magazine, Jamie spends her days finding the city’s best hidden gems and learning secret recipes in the kitchens of the best restaurants. From holes in the wall frying up the best shengjianbao to Michelin starred chefs serving foie gras feasts, she’s always hungry for more.

Kyle L
Co-Founder & Guide

A freelance editor and writer by day and foodie at every other time, Kyle has eaten and cycled his way around the world. From Chile to Germany and then back to China because he just can’t resist bowls of steaming sesame noodles at any time of day. Kyle is also working on jogging every street in Shanghai. Since that may take a while, in the meantime he loves showing visitors how delicious Shanghai really can be.

Mitch C.
Night Markets & Street Food Breakfast Guide

Mitch loves food and languages, both of which are reasons he loves living in China. There is always a new dialect, cuisine or dish to learn about. When not cooking, eating or studying random languages, he runs a web design company.

Heather S.
Operations Assistant

Heather comes from a background in digital marketing and since moving to China four years ago, she has discovered many new favorite foods and loves trying to recreate them at home. When she isn’t cooking or eating she can be found looking for new places to explore.

Tracy M.
Night Markets Guide

Tracy came to China in 2011 to study Mandarin, found a passion for education, and is staying for her day+ job to change the way the world learns (and teaches) languages. However, she definitely misses Portland food carts and Suzhou tangmian. She loves Sichuan peppercorn and cooking, but with excellent Chinese and international cuisine available in Shanghai, it’s hard to do it all! Besides all that, she tries to make time for writing, drawing, and trying to keep up with her reading list.

Elsa W.
Night Markets Guide

Elsa fell in love with Chinese culture and food when she first started learning Mandarin in 2012. She loves traveling, trying new food and studying languages (she can speak four languages and still wants to learn more). Elsa eats almost everything, especially spicy dishes. She spends most of her time teaching English to college students and plans to pursue a master’s degree in teaching Chinese.

Carla B.
Dumpling Delights & Street Food Breakfast Guide

‘Passionate about the basics, Carla finds that the realm of philosophy: ‘what is true, what is good and what is just’ should be extended with ‘what’s on the menu today’. If she is not hunting for information in her urban habitat, she can be seen waiting for her CSA veggie basket. ‘

Monica L
Street Food Breakfast & Night Markets Guide

Seven years in China has given Monica a (mostly) healthy obsession for sussing out and tasting local fruits & veg – a hobby that coincides with her love of eating and Chinese cuisine. As the former Deputy Editor and Food Writer for That’s Shanghai Magazine, she knows more about Shanghai’s food scene than almost anybody. By day she works in PR, by night you’ll find her perusing the streets on her bicycle, devouring an array of high-end and low brow bites.

Lindsay R.
Street Food Breakfast Guide

A self-proclaimed spice addict (with a penchant for the infamous mouth-numbing mala), Lindsay has been living in China since 2008. Returning to Shanghai after jaunts in Guangzhou and Hanoi, she’s been around the proverbial foodie block a few times. When not UnTouring, you can find Lindsay at AmCham Shanghai or her neighborhood gym.

Sherry C.
Dumpling Delights Guide

Sherry was raised to be a foodie. If her family wasn’t conversing about their current meal, then they were reminiscing about past dinners or salivating over the next. Her palate was fine-tuned through traveling the globe and spending slices of her life in New York, Taipei, Paris, Toronto, Byron Bay and Hong Kong. In between meals, Sherry is a certified yoga teacher and enjoys sharing stories with fellow foodies and yogis alike.

Li L.
Street Food Breakfast Guide

Back in Shanghai after spending 10 years mostly in Hawaii, Li’s hometown is located in Guiyang, Guizhou and he grew up in Zhuhai, near Macau. Growing up he loved food, especially dumplings, and he’s excited to share his food culture with guests and expats. He worked in tourism and the restaurant industry in Hawaii, making him a perfect foodie guide fit!

Sophia N.
Night Markets Guide

Sophia came to Shanghai first in 2013 to complete an internship –  this is when she fell in love with the language and more importantly: the Chinese cuisine – whatever the size, shape, smell or texture – if it’s food, she is more than happy to try it. She can’t hold a conversation without talking about her favorite dishes and giving advice on where to find the best xiaolongbaos in town!

Topher B.
Night Markets & Dumpling Delights Guide

Christopher grew up in Kentucky and arrived in China in 2001. He spent the next 7 years traveling to every corner of the country in various guises. During that time, he explored the outstanding diversity in Chinese culture, picked up Mandarin, and ate everything in sight. He's had both feet firmly planted in Shanghai since 2008. Ask him about the local improv comedy scene.

Jim W.
Night Markets Guide

Born and raised in Shanghai, Jim has experience as a tour guide for foreign guests traveling all over China. He aspires to Anthony Bourdain levels of foodie greatness. Walking around the city imagining himself in a movie scene is his favorite little hobby. Ask Jim about traveling to China's lesser-known regions - he knows it all!

Rose M.
Night Markets Guide

Rose came to China in 2007 to work for an NGO based in Gansu, China’s remote northwest province. While there she became fascinated with Chinese characters and with exploring the local night markets, becoming particularly fond of the famous Lanzhou hand-pulled noodles. During the day, Rose works as a teacher at Jiaotong University and as a freelance translator. At the weekends, she’ll mostly be found eating her way around Shanghai and attempting to make sense of the local dialect! Ask her about places to visit in China’s remote northwest.

David F.
Night Markets Guide

David first made his way to China in 2011 to study Mandarin in Beijing. 4 years, 3 cities, and several thousand lamb kebabs later, he found his way to the Shanghai Untour team to lead fellow food lovers to discover new tastes and experiences in Chinese food. David loves cooking nearly as much as eating and can frequently be found in the kitchen making a tremendous mess. When not guiding food tours, David is guiding Western nuclear technology companies to success in the Chinese market and breaking it down on the salsa dance floor.

Lina Z.
Breakfast Tour Guide

Lina was born in Shanghai but moved to the US when she was 10 years old.  She moved back in 2011 to reconnect with Shanghainese food, and has been wandering about the streets of Shanghai ever since. Lina loves all sorts of food, from street stalls to Michelin starred restaurants, and is always eager to introduce others to the culinary delights that Shanghai has to offer.

Stefanie D.
Night Markets Guide

Stefanie first visited China in 2008 before the Beijing Olympics. Her fascination with the Chinese language and love of cheap street eats, particularly dumplings, brought her back to live in Beijing in 2011. Since then she has lived in Taipei and eventually found her way to Shanghai, where she is now training for her first marathon to work off all that street food.

Chahin C.
Night Markets Guide

Having grown up in the UK, Nigeria and Lebanon, Chahin has always felt most comfortable in multi-cultural settings making Shanghai a perfect home! Not ready to get an office job out of college, he landed here in 2006 to study Mandarin and see a part of the world he had not yet experienced. Chahin is happiest when he is eating, drinking and being merry with friends! He launched his passion project in 2012 making and selling his own brand of hummus. He recently accepted a position at his dream company and is in the process of moving from hummus to tech!

Nyima P.
Dumpling Delights Guide

Half Tibetan and half British, Nyima has lived in China for five years. Although she loves almost all Chinese food, especially spicy Sichuan dishes, as the granddaughter of a street-side jiaozi seller, she is biased towards dumplings. When she is not introducing guests to the wonders of dumplings, she can be found furiously editing one of the local expat magazines.

Kellee L.
Street Food Breakfast Guide

Kellee gleans her food background from her passion for cooking and from her upbringing in Malaysia. A frequent world traveler, she also takes lengthy sojourns in Spain and North America for more cooking ideas. When not cooking, eating or guiding, she takes pictures of art deco buildings in Shanghai and digs up their history. This is Kellee's eighth year in the city, which she now calls home.