Apple Mandy
Apple Mandy
Apple Mandy is a freelance food and wellness writer based in New York City. She has written for various publications, including CNN Travel, LUXE City Guides, Time Out Hong Kong and Rogue among others. Before moving to NYC, she lived in Hong Kong for 10 years and worked at media companies, including the South China Morning Post. She also lived in Shanghai, where she started her food-writing career interviewing culinary stars including British author and cook Fuchsia Dunlop and French chef Alain Passard of three-Michelin-starred L'Arpège, in Paris.

For Chengdu-born chef Simone Tong, gambling is part of life, whether weighing the risks involved in running a restaurant empire or when playing online poker.

She lost her sight in her 20s, but that hasn’t stopped her from winning the cooking competition or opening The Blind Goat, a modern Vietnamese gastropub in Houston, Texas.


Lucas Sin was just 16 when he opened his first pop-up restaurant in an abandoned Hong Kong factory. Today, he runs Junzi, a ‘fast-casual’ chain of northern Chinese restaurants in New York and Connecticut.