Qin Xie on Kangaroo Island

Qin Xie is an experienced writer and editor who specialises in food and travel. She regularly writes for newspapers, websites and magazines both in the UK and internationally. She is based in London, but travels frequently for assignments, often spending weeks in a destination to truly get a feel for the place.

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Qin regularly writes features, round ups and travel advice for The Times, interviews chefs for National Geographic Traveller Food and reviews restaurants for Conde Nast Traveller. This website – qinxie.co.uk – contains some of her published work. 

She also works on several special projects a year. Recently this has included editorial consulting on commercial projects for The Independent, copywriting for food and travel clients, and co-authoring the Experience London guide for Lonely Planet.

For her blog, visit In Pursuit of Food (inpursuitoffood.com – on kitchens, restaurants and chefs), or Culture Explorer (culture-explorer.co.uk – on travel). She also writes a weekly newsletter on personal finance for freelancers called Money Talk (heymoneytalk.co.uk).


After studying philosophy and economics at the University of Bristol, Qin went on to train as a journalist at Harlow College, where she gained her NCTJ certificate.

Early on in her journalism career, Qin trained as a chef at Leiths School of Food and Wine, which fed into her food writing. She completed stages at Roganic, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck, The Square and Lima as part of the training. Qin also holds the Level 3 Award in Wines and Spirits from the WSET and judged for the International Wine Challenge.

She is the co-author of two books. Hunan: A Lifetime of Secrets from Mr Peng’s Chinese Kitchen was published by Random House April 2014. It was voted one of the 20 best food books of 2014 by Observer Food Monthly. She also co-authored the Experience London guide for Lonely Planet, published in summer 2022.


In 2016, she was short-listed for the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards Food & Wine Writer of the Year.

She launched Money Talk as a personal finance newsletter in May 2020 and it was shortlisted for the HeadlineMoney Awards, in the Blog of the Year category, just a year later. She was also shortlisted as Blogger of the Year at the HeadlineMoney Awards in 2022.

In 2021, she won Honorable Mention at the 2020-2021 SATWF Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards. And in 2023, she won Trade Writer of the Year at the Visit USA Media Awards, and was shortlisted for the same categories in the Aito Media Awards and Travel Media Awards.