Hello! My name is Julie Qiu and I’m an oyster enthusiast based in New York City.
I grew up in the midwest, but am really a coastal city gal by heart. I find oysters delicious and fascinating—there’s something about them that sparks my imagination and sense of adventure. Since 2009, this “bivalve curiosity” of mine has taken me around the world and on all sorts of oyster escapades. In A Half Shell began as a personal quest of becoming an oyster connoisseur, but it has gradually turned into a bigger calling.
Quickly into my journey, I realized that a ton of people love oysters, but there’s a serious knowledge gap between us consumers and the industry. My goal is to help fellow oyster lovers cultivate a better “half shell” experience wherever they go. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned aficionado, I hope to there’s always something new to discover here.
If you want a crash course on oysters, check out my fun Oyster Mastery class on Skillshare!
Julie has explored over 400 varieties of oysters from six continents, 16 countries, and across hundreds of unique regions
Julie was a guest judge at the 59th Galway World Shucking Competition, where 25 national champions competed for the title (Jesper Knudsen of Denmark won)
Julie’s enthusiasm and expertise about oysters has been recognized by USA Today, SAVEUR, NPR, Serious Eats, Fathom Away, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, and many others
Julie’s had her first raw oyster when she was 15 and on vacation in San Diego
Julie and her (very supportive) husband had an oyster-themed wedding
Oyster Appreciation & Consulting Services
For Oyster Lovers
- Oyster tasting & shucking workshops
- Oyster mastery classes
- Oyster crawls
- Oyster staff training
- Event & product promotion
- Content development (by invitation only)
Where I've eaten oysters from around the world
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Northern Brittany
- New Brunswick
- Prince Edward Island
- Nova Scotia
- British Columbia
- New Zealand
- Clevedon Coast
- Marlborough Sounds
- South Africa