Apple Mandy

Apple Mandy
Education: Fudan University, College of Saint Benilde
Location: White Plains, NY
Expertise: Chinese Cuisine, Recipe Testing, Filipino Cuisine, Chef Profiles, Asian Cooking

Apple loves writing about food because it connects people, identifies culture, and opens a conversation. Before moving to New York in 2020, she lived in Shanghai for 5 years, followed by 10 years in Hong Kong. Her first job in Shanghai as a food writer gave her the opportunity to meet and interview culinary personalities, including three-star Michelin chef Alain Passard and British author and cook Fuchsia Dunlop, as well as review restaurants and develop and test recipes. In Hong Kong, having worked for The Peak, a luxury magazine owned by the South China Morning Post, she had the opportunity to write and edit features stories.

• Over 8 years of international experience producing food content for Shanghai- and Hong Kong-based publications
• Contributed food, recipes, and travel stories to a variety of publications, including Simply Recipes, Kitchn, SELF, The Manual, CNN Travel, Time Out, Localiiz Hong Kong, among others
• Delivered branded content for clients, including Virgin Atlantic's blog, Ruby


Apple Mandy has worked in print and digital publishing for the past 15 years. She started her career as a food writer for That's Shanghai, the city's premiere English-language publication, reporting on food trends, profiling culinary personalities, and reviewing more than 100 new restaurants and bars.

Apple moved to Hong Kong in 2010, where she spearheaded the editorial lineups for and InsideDB. She then switched to communications, doing in-house marketing first for a Hong Kong-based restaurant group, then for a Hong Kong award-winning public relations agency.

Following her time in the communications industry, she returned to journalism and worked as an assistant editor for The Peak, a luxury magazine owned by South China Morning Post, where she wrote and published features profiling local and international chefs, including Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa’s rise to culinary fame and Hong Kong restaurateurs’ secret to success.


Apple studied Arts Management at College of Saint Benilde in Manila, the Philippines. After graduating, she took Chinese-Language certification courses at Fudan University in Shanghai.

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