Shirley Lum, a first generation Canadian-Chinese, born and raised in Toronto. She is Culinary Historian who happens to be an unabashed foodie and free-spirit forging through Toronto neighbourhoods on foot and on her bicycle with a fork and knife in the quest for mouthwatering noshing in quirky outposts.
She credits a special Fifth Grade program for instilling in her an early passion for going off-the-beaten path. A solo 2-1/2 months bike trip of Europe in 1988 re-kindled that passion.
Since 1993, Shirley based her business, A Taste of the World, on unearthing nooks and crannies skipped by most guides, combined with introducing people to the diverse cultures and their food in Toronto neighbourhoods.