Liv has founded three cooking schools, written two books, and worked for 18 years as food journalist, restaurant critic and blogger for newspapers and magazines [byline, “Olivia Wu”.]

In 2007, she joined Google as an Executive Chef. Later, as program manager, she launched the teaching kitchen, and trained the chefs for five global sites, especially with her innovative foundational curriculum for recipe-free cooking, food literacy and taste perception. 

Her Grand Wok Cookbook, won a Tastemaker award; she was on the San Francisco Chronicle team San Francisco Chronicle that won a American Food Journalists "Best Section" award. She is also a health coach, and yoga and mindfulness teacher.


She is proudest of all about her son, Erling Wu-Bower, chef de cuisine of Nico Osteria, and soon to be chef-partner of Pacific Standard Time, in Chicago.