Chief Eating Officer: Jamie B.
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.
Chief Food Officer: Kyle L.
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.
Guide: Tracy M.
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.
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.
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.
‘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. ‘
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.
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 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.
Back in Shanghai after 10 years in Hawaii, Li’s hometown is located 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 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!