About Julie Qiu

Hello! My name is Julie Qiu and I’m a professional oyster enthusiast based in Brooklyn, New York.

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 one’s imagination and sense of adventure. Since 2009, this “bivalve curiosity” 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 an oyster newb 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!

Fun facts

  1. Julie has explored over 400 varieties of oysters from six continents, 16 countries, and across hundreds of unique regions
  2. 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)
  3. Julie’s enthusiasm and expertise about oysters has been recognized by VogueUSA TodaySAVEUR, NPR, Serious Eats, Fathom Away, East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, and many others
  4. Julie ate her first raw oyster when she was 15 in San Diego
  5. Julie and her (very supportive) husband had an oyster-themed wedding
  6. Julie keeps an Oyster Bucket List
  • MOST MEMORABLE OYSTER MEMORIES

    1

    VISITING PACIFIC NORTHWEST OYSTER FARMS (2017)

     
  • MOST MEMORABLE OYSTER MEMORIES

    2

    CO-TEACHING OYSTER CLASS WITH ROWAN JACOBSEN (2016)

     
  • MOST MEMORABLE OYSTER MEMORIES

    3

    JUDGING THE SHUCKING COMPETITION AT BILLION OYSTER PARTY (2018)

     
  • MOST MEMORABLE OYSTER MEMORIES

    5

    WORLD OYSTER TOUR (2010)

     
 

Oyster Appreciation & Consulting Services

 
For Oyster Lovers
  • Oyster tasting & shucking workshops
  • Oyster mastery classes
  • Oyster field trips & crawls
For Businesses
  • Oyster staff training
  • Event & product promotion
  • Content development (by invitation only)

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Where I've eaten oysters from around the world

  • France
    • Northern Brittany
    • Normandy
    • Marennes-Oléron
  • Canada
    • New Brunswick
    • Prince Edward Island
    • Nova Scotia
    • British Columbia
  • New Zealand
    • Coromandel
    • Clevedon Coast
    • Marlborough Sounds
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Jersey
  • Netherlands
  • Germany
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Australia (& Tasmania)
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Brazil