Julie Kleeman & Yeshi Jampa

Julie and Yeshi are the owners of Taste Tibet, a restaurant and food stall based in Oxford, UK. They cater at big events such as Glastonbury, Latitude and the Hay-on-Wye Literary Festival and are a Guardian and BBC Good Food ‘Top Ten pick’ for Oxford.

Julie grew up in London and began her travels in Asia at the age of seventeen. She studied Chinese at Cambridge University and lived for many years in Beijing. She is the Chief Editor of the Oxford Chinese Dictionary.

Yeshi grew up in Tibet. He herded livestock out on the plateau for six months of every year, living in a tent made from yak hair and learning to cook at young age. When he was nineteen he walked across the Himalayas to India, where he went to school for the first time.

Julie and Yeshi’s first cookbook TASTE TIBET featuring food stories and recipes from Tibet, was published by Murdoch Books in Spring 2022.

Julie and Yeshi met in Dharamsala in northern India. They share a passion for food and wellbeing, and have been blogging about Tibetan life and food culture since 2016. In 2019 Julie won the Yan-Kit So Award for Food Writers on Asia.