As former Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andres, and under her guidance, the restaurant was nominated for James Beard Award’s prestigious “Best New Restaurant” in 2011. Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley came to America for a college education. She worked in Silicon Valley for a few years after college but decided to follow her passion for food -- and enrolled in culinary school. She trained in classic French and Italian cuisine, and went on to work and open restaurants for culinary superstars Thomas Keller, Guy Savoy, and Mario Batali. Through her work at China Poblano, she fell in love with Mexican cuisine and learned more about her own heritage -- Chinese cuisine. Shirley loves to travel and studies the local cultures through regional food. Her style of cooking is “cuisine with no boarders” -- and she draws inspiration from all of her travels.